LIFE AMONG THE LOWLY 99
IN WHICH IT APPEARS THAT A SENATOR IS BUT A MAN.
The light of the cheerful fire shone on the rug and carpet of a cosy parlor, and glittered on the sides of the teacups and well-brightened teapot, as Senator Bird was drawing off his boots, preparatory to inserting his feet in a pair of new, handsome slippers, which his wife had been working for him while away on his senatorial tour. Mrs. Bird, looking the very picture of delight, was superintending the arrangements of the table, ever and anon mingling admonitory remarks to a number of frolicsome juveniles, who were effervescing in all those modes of untold gambol and mischief that have astonished mothers ever since the flood.
" Tom, let the door - knob alone, — there 's a man ! Mary ! Mary ! don't pull the cat's tail, — poor pussy ! Jim, you must n't climb on that table, — no, no ! — You don't know, my dear, what a surprise it is to us all, to see you here to-night!" said she, at last, when she found a space to say something to her husband.
" Yes, yes, I thought I 'd just make a run down, spend the night, and have a little comfort at home. I 'm tired to death, and my head aches ! "
Mrs. Bird cast a glance at a camphor-bottle, which stood in the half-open closet, and appeared to meditate an approach to it, but her husband interposed.
" No, no, Mary, no doctoring! a cup of your good, hot tea, and some of our good, home living, is what I want. It 's a tiresome business, this legislating ! "
And the senator smiled, as if he rather liked the idea, of considering himself a sacrifice to his country.