Spent the day in old book stores -
"Rosenbachs" & Rhoads - "The Franklin
Bookshop." Bought Rafinesque's
"American Nations" "Townsend Narrative"
& a few others. Left Phil. at 3:20
arrived Washington 6:20.
Saw Senator Foraker & he shakes
his head - thinks opposition will
talk me over the session. Also told
me that McCumber was now charging
that I am responsible for publication
of "The Looting of Alaska" in Booklovers.
Also saw Senator Bailey who told me
that he thought the matter would come up
- that objection would be made to taking
up the Barnes case until mine was dis
-posed of! This may entangle me in
politics! Went up this afternoon &
saw Solictior Gen. Hoyt. & explained
things to him. He says the President
ought to take hold & will see Sen
=ator Knox. But I feel sure
Knox wont do anything - he is
warmly for me - but detests polit
=ical strife - the struggle for place.