Wednesday, Jan 16, 1884 Cold weather. Painted all day with no interruptions. To the Century in the evening a short time. The Art Union Journal came out today and is very creditable. I hope it will give an impetus to our affairs. I am sorry to learn that the West Shore rail road seems to be in trouble or rather its relations to other corporations depresses its bonds. Vanderbilt as I feared, will eventually own it. He seems to have unlimited power to crush and appropriate all enterprises. To me he is a public enemy and the very ideal of selfishness. With more wealth than he can possibly use he is unhappy when he sees any enterprise which is not to pay tribute to him.