Travel Letters: Hotel Victoria, Interlaken

DEAR WILLIAM, — There is no letter this week, from any of you, for which I am very sorry. I hope you have not grown tired of me, and given me up altogether.

Do you remember Grindelwald and the Bear Hotel, on whose balcony we sat one long afternoon, waiting for the rain to stop, so that we could ascend the Wengern Alp? M. and G. and I went to the same Bear Hotel two years ago, and sat in its hospitable courtyard, drank coffee, and had our photographs taken by a low-spirited practitioner a little way beyond. I went over there yesterday to see the ruins. It was burnt down on Thursday, the Bear Hotel, the photographer’s shop, and pretty nearly the whole village, a hundred houses in all destroyed, and ever so many wretched peasants thrown out into the cold world. It is quite awful. You will never see the Bear Hotel again. They have a railway from Grindelwald to the Wengern Alp, and down again to Lauterbrunnen, so there will be no more pleasant horseback rides across the meadows and down the steep descent upon the other side.

It has been a lazy week. I tarried in Lucerne until Thursday. The days were hot and lovely. McVickar left me on Tuesday and went to Paris, where he must have been hot and wretched for the last few days. Thursday I took train and came over the Brunig here. Now I am expecting, to-morrow, the 22d, John and Hattie. They are at Lucerne today, having reached there last Friday. Their time in Switzerland will not be very long, but I think they bave enjoyed every-thing pretty well. You cannot go very wrong in Europe. When they have joined me, I think we shall go to Thun, Berne, Martigny, Tête Noire, Chamounix, Geneva, and so to Paris, where we shall get a few days before it is time to go to London, Liverpool, and the Pavonia.

These are sad tidings of the riots and fightings in Buffalo and Tennessee. It is good that violence should be put down by military force, but that does not solve the problem of how the great men are to live with the little men, and what is the function of government as regards them both. Only time and events and the slow progress of mankind will settle that.

Meanwhile, I send you all my dearest love and am

Ever and always yours affectionately, P.