IN HIGH LIFE.
other costly and elegant paintings. On either side of
the mantle is a large ornamented case filled with all
kinds of shells, geological specimens, and in fact,
everything rare and beautiful.
Yon might spend many days in going over this
house and the grounds, and always find many things
to attract your attention. Although the house is>situa-
ted in the most fashionable part of the city, the en¬
closure contains twelve or fifteen acres. You can there
find rare flowers and fruits from every clime. While
wandering through these grounds one can scarcely
believe he is in the heart of a great city. Here are
three or four handsome green houses; a large fish
pond, with a fountain continually playing in it; a
gardener's house; a warren for rabbits; a house for
pigeons, and one for bees; and if you descend along
that graveled walk, lined on each side with wild flow¬
ers, you will come to a large vineyard of the choicest
kinds of grapes.
Strangers are allowed the privilege of walking
through these grounds and looking in the green houses.
With all his wealth so unassuming is Mr. L. that after
he has shown strangers through the grounds, I have
known them when leaving to offer him money for his
trouble, little thinking that plain and unassuming
man was the owner of the magnificent place they had
been admiring, and the wealthiest man in the west.
On my going early to work one December morning,
I saw a great crowd collected on the corner of Fourth
and Elm. On coming to the place, I found the boys
had taken possession of their usual winter pleasure
grounds. The driver of a soap-cart had presumed to
intrude upon their grounds, and a number of the boys