of a room of moderate size, the table and some of the furniture of which were covered with books and papers,--evidently his working cabinet. There I beheld the great man whose name was filling the world--tall, erect, and broad-shouldered, and on those Atlas shoulders that massive head which everybody knows from pictures--the whole figure making the impression of something colossal--then at the age of fifty-three, in the fulness of physical and mental vigor.
He was dressed in a General's undress uniform, unbuttoned. His features, which evidently could look very stern when he wished, were lighted up with a friendly smile. He stretched out his hand and gave me a vigorous grasp. "Glad you have come," he said, in a voice which appeared rather high-keyed, issuing from so huge a form, but of pleasing timbre.
"I think I must have seen you before," was his first remark, while we were still standing up facing one another. "It was some time in the early fifties on a railway train from Frankfort to Berlin.