The thermometer dropped 40 or 50º
yesterday afternoon & last night &
was 35º below at daylight this
morning. Nothing from Washington
- telegraph lines down. Business
men passing around an endorsment
of Percy Palmer & condemning Hoyt.
The business man rather "flunked"
- they are so afraid of getting into a
controversy - that they will not assume
burdens & may be they are right - They
brought their paper in and advised
against sending it - that the contents
seemed a reflection not only against
Hoyt but also the President &c. &c.
so I asked them to forgo their endorsment
of Palmer & let him stand alone.
- think they fear I am down anyway!