Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday December 3, 1889

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, December 3, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, Dec 3, 1889 Down town. It was much colder and there were spits of snow which increased with a wind from N. E. It was snug and cosey at home with a blazing fire and the storm raging outside, a condition I always enjoy. Sara arrived about 2.30 and as I had my trunk packed I concluded to go to N. Y. tonight. I sent Tom to Girards office to telephone for a cab and I left by the 7.45 train. The moon shone brightly but it was pretty cold and as we went South there seemed to be more snow. There is always a queer lot of people in this train, usually people returning second class to Europe. An Irish boy who sat opposite me amused me. He kept singing to himself. Finally he turned back the seat in front of him, took off a heavy pair of hob-nailed shoes, displaying a pair of coarse white socks darned with a reddish brown, giving them a very ominous look, and then stretched out occupying the two seats. In his own Country he would undoubtedly not have presumed on such a proceeding. The average Irishman absorbs liberty very rapidly. Arrived at my studio at 11.30 having stopped to get some oysters. The fire was all ready to light but I had to make my bed and did not retire until after midnight. I slept cold.

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