a novel by <IR> HENRY ADAMS </IR> . It was published anonymously and can only loosely be described as a novel, but it gives an effective satirical picture of social and political Washington as seen by a disillusioned man. Among those pictured are President Hayes ( <IR> See RUTHERFORD B. HAYES </IR> ) and James G. Blaine. Another character, Representative Gore, may be Adams himself. The story is told in terms of a young New York widow who goes to the capital in search of power. Parrington comments that "the economic sources of political corruption are ignored, and the evil is traced to the principle of democracy." President Theodore Roosevelt in 1905 characterized it as a book that had created a furor "among the educated incompetents" and as "mean and base."