In 1881, Chester A. Arthur, polished but unimportant politician,
became Vice President of the U. S. In the same year President
Garfield was assassinated and Mr. Arthur became President. Oath of office
was administered at his home on the first floor apartment of No. 123
Lexington Ave., Manhattan. Last week that floor was gritted by fire.
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