Henry James, Jr.


The occa of m seeing th was t funeral o Mr. George Odger, wh befell so four o five we before t Easter per . Mr. George Odger, i will b remembered, w an English radical agit , of hum origin, w had distin himself b a perv desire t get in Parliament. He exercised, I believe, t useful profe of shoe , and h knocked i vain a the do that op but t golden ke . But h was a useful a honorable m , and h own peo gave h an hono burial. I emerged accide into Piccadilly at t moment th were s engaged, a the spec was o I sho have be sorry t miss. The crowd w enormous, b I man to squ through i and t get in a han cab th was dr up bes the pave , and he I loo on a from a box a the pl . Though i was a funeral th was go on I will n call i a tra ; but i was a very ser comedy. The day happ to b magnificentthe fin of t year.

The funeral h been ta in ha by t classes w are soci unrepresented i Parliament, a it h the char of a great pop *.manifestation.* The hearse w followed b very f carriages, b the cor of pedes stretched aw in t sunshine, u and do the cla gentility o Piccadilly, o a sc that w highly impre . Here a there t line w broken b a sm brass ba ---- appar one o those ba of itin Germans th play f coppers ben lodging-house win ; but f the re it w compactly ma up o what t newspapers ca the dr of t population. It was t London rab , the metrop mob, m and wo , boys a girls, t decent po and t indecent, w had scra into t ranks a they gath them u on th passage, a were mak a so of sol spree o it. Very solemn i all w ---- perf proper a undemonstrative.

They shuffled al in a interminable li , and a I loo at th out o the fr of m hansom I seemed t be hav a so of pano view o the un side, t wrong si , of t London wo . The proce was fil with fig which see never t have *sh out,* a the English say, bef ; of str , pale, mou paupers w blinked a stumbled i the Piccadilly sunshine. I have n space t describe th more minu , but I found i the wh affair some memorable. My impression ro not sim from t radical, o as I may s for t sake o color, t revolutionary, eman of th dingy conc , lighted u by t ironical s ; but fr the sa causes th I h observed a short ti before, o the d the qu went t open Parliament, when i Trafalgar Square, looking stra down in Westminster a over t royal cor were gath a gr of ban and fest , inscribed i big sta letters wi mottoes a sentiments wh a sens police-department mi easily ha found sedi .



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