Letter on travels in Rome, Elyria Republican 12 Aug 1886
was Tilden his the the he his or consign chose the the long past five and a man or leg, disability month to a month the to S3S the legs $7.50 arms at month at pensions act. Minor, a county Mr. dollars started increased two per Letter from Hon. E. G. Jolmsocu who at Tosney, one for sent sent Pat for no convictions of 31st in as to Fair, has one of On a well of pro^ ROMK, Italy, July Hth. I wrote you trom Naples, giving notion of the people there. 1 afterward afterward saw enough to modify my In one respect. There arc more of better class there than I supposed. We came on to Rome, where previously spent one day, and agtun commenced our wanderings among touibs of its former glory. The here are very diflerent from those Naples. They are larger, more activw and enterprising. The men look like Romans that we used to read While there are a great many not unlike those in Naples, the mass of are large, well built, good looking. While there are tombs aud r u i there is also activity and enterprise. There is more building going on than in New York. A new Rome building; not so colossal in its public edifices, but more tasty and modern its business buildings. The streets alive with teams loaded with matÂ« for buildings, and laborers everywhere are employed. There are fewer beggars beggars here than in London, and the hotels, especially the Hotel de Paris, which we aie stopping, is free from geuteel beggary that met us In England, For instance, at the of Court hotel, at London, after we paid our bill, a good round one, ing pay lor attendants, as we went every waiter and porter took a ,in our course and cast wistful looks, peeling a shilling or a penny g r In Europe every hotel is an alrushouse, and it is next to impossible to get through without encouraging this beggary. I got along well enough, but Hiuman and Foster had their hands their pockets all the while. As soon we get home I propose to give them lessons in the game of " keeping hands out of your pockets." I made resolution that I would not give a penny, except to the disabled. I have kept that up, but I verily believe seen every lame, halt and blind person in Italy. We drove out to see the Coliseum, completed by Titus and his son about one hundred years after Christ. At inauguration it is said 5,000 wild and 10,000 captives were slain. Below the surlace of the amphitheatre are dens or dungeons where captives, Christians and wild beasts were confined previous to their sacrifice. There Ja nothing very tasty in its architecture, and its chief distinction is in its size. Thus judged, it is grand beyond conception. Its architecture is commonplace, commonplace, and the purpose for which it constructed, and for which it was was barbarity personified. Still it is grand ruin, and one almost imagines he contemplates its immense proportions proportions that it was the work of the " While stands the Coliseum Rome shall When falls the Coliseum Rome shall fall, And when Rome falls, the world." From here we passed through the arch of Titus to the Roman ForVmi, a road paved with huge blocks of eighteen hundred years ago. It was place ot assembly of the Roman about one hundred rods by forty taking in all the temples and palaces that were a part of it. The columns some of the temples are still standing, and the original pavement remains. Through the center, but far below old surface, the water still flows in rapid stream through an acqueduct seventeen hundred years old. Close by the temple of Vesta was the Regla, where the great Cassar lived to the time of his assassination. The pavement of the Via Triumphalis, which the armies returning from a foreign war marched, bringing their prisoners prisoners and spoils, is still there. But it is useless to enumerate the monuments and ruins of ancient Rome, or to attempt to describe them. We have spent four days in viewing them, going from one to the other as fast could consistent with even a casual examination of each, and yet we have seen but a few of the most remarkable ones. We went down to the Tiber, and the site of the structure " Where Horatius kept the bridge In the brave days of old." The river at this place is about two hundred feet wide and has a rapid The foundation of an old abutment pointed out to us as marking the locality. The river at this time was low, but at a flood it rises more than feet, flooding a large part of the city along its banks. We were shown marks upon churches and business blocks half a milb distant from It marking the rise of water at its last flood. Some of the marks showed ten and fifteen feet depth. We saw the lower part of the plan rock, where criminals were executed executed by throwing them from its top. The upper part has been removed to Capitol, and the rock has been torn away so that but twenty or thirty feet in height is left.