CARP'S WASHINGTON by Francis Carpenter


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From December, 1882, when the rotund President Arthur opened Congress and the Washington social season, to the inauguration of President Harrison in 1889, Frank Carpenter, ""Carp,"" a gifted young reporter, was Washington correspondent for the Cleveland Leader; this book is compiled from his newspaper columns. A vivid contemporary record of the Washington of those days, it tells of Congressional spittoons and Congressional investigations of flaming scandals, of skyrocketting prices, ""herdic"" cabs and the 20 type- writers ""in the Department of Justice alone""; of the completion of the Washington monument, Presidential paunches, the beautiful and beloved White House bride, Mrs. Grover Cleveland, and less beautiful politicians; of ladies in low-cut gowns, literary criticism of such ""immoral"" books as Anna Karenina, of a ""little Scotch terrier"" named Fidge instead of Falla, and endless other items of life in a city both unlike and like the one we know today. A model of political reporting, this book should appeal to past, present and future Washingtonians, to amateur and professional students of politics, and to journalists of all breeds; it is a minor but valuable addition to the records of American social history.

Pub Date: April 28th, 1960
Publisher: McGraw-Hill