The German fleet reached New York in advance of the news of the American naval disaster.
The two ends of the V passed over Plumfield and Jamaica Bay, respectively, and the Prince directed his course a little to the east of the Narrows, soared over Upper Bay, and came to rest over Jersey City in a position that dominated lower New York.
New York was altogether at its best that evening, its splendid best.
In half an hour New York had passed from serene sunset and gaping admiration to a troubled and threatening twilight.
New York as a whole could do nothing, could understand nothing.
The units of that vast and varied population bought and learnt what had happened; there had been a fight and New York had hoisted the white flag.
The lamentable incidents that followed the surrender of New York seem now in the retrospect to be but the necessary and inevitable consequence of the clash of modern appliances and social conditions produced by the scientific century on the one hand, and the tradition of a crude, romantic patriotism on the other.
The newspapers, which were issued about one in the morning contained no particulars of the terms upon which New York had yielded--nor did they give any intimation of the quality of the brief conflict that had preceded the capitulation.
Hence it appears that, except as to the concurrent authority of the President in the article of treaties, it would be difficult to determine whether that magistrate would, in the aggregate, possess more or less power than the Governor of New York
New York took stray noblemen calmly, and even (except in the Struthers set) with a certain distrustful hauteur; but when they presented such credentials as these they were received with an old-fashioned cordiality that they would have been greatly mistaken in ascribing solely to their standing in Debrett.
It was not the custom in New York drawing-rooms for a lady to get up and walk away from one gentleman in order to seek the company of another.
May is a darling; I've seen no young girl in New York so handsome and so intelligent.