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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
294                   CHURCH REVIEW.

  Our good ship Etruria, behaved magnificently; she would
plunge through a sea. twenty feet high, without any great
struggle, except a rolling one. For hours she rode in the trough
of a great sea, with the waters piled on either side. Is the  sensa-
tion produced by such a sight one of fright or intimidatioin?
Hardly-more of awe--of fascination.  Of course it is awful
--the sound of the great waters; the sight of the foam-crested
billows; the imprisoned forces of the tons of waters each side of
you. But the modern ship is made to contend with just such
forces, and the only thing that brings dismay to the sailor's
heart is fog, with the chances of collision. With heart of fire and
nerve of steel, she ploughs through the elements to her appointed
  The terrible solitude of the ocean is appalling.  One would
imagine that so many vessels, sailing from all parts of the world
on the great ocean, would make it a highway, thickly dotted
with crafts of all kinds and conditions, and that flashing signals
and white-winged sails would salute your every gaze.  Not so;
in our entire passage we saw but one steamship and two sailing
vessels, and none of these in hailing distance.
  Tuesday morning, the sea was once more serene and quiet,
and every one made his appearance on deck.  Acquiaintances
are made. Dr. Ely, of Rochester; Dr. Cutler, an eminent phy-
sician of New York; a banker of Wisconsin; Mr. Lambert, of the
musical conservatory of New York, and others, proved good and
agreeable friends. Saturday morning, one week from sailing
from New York, we sighted the white cliffs of Ireland. Queens-
town is reached in the afternoon; a tender comes out and takes
ashore those who desire to land at that port. All are glad to see
land, even those of us who have yet to make Liverpool, which
we reach at eleven o'clock, Sunday morning. Three hours are
spent with the custom-house officials. The railroad company
places a special train at our disposal, and, at 2 o'clock, we steam
out of the city for London. On we go, through Chester, one of
the Cathedral towns of England; through Rugby, the great
school, sacred to the memory of Tom Brown and Dr. Arnold.
The English landscape is all that we had pictured-beautiful,
dreamy and poetical. Trees and grass of a deep bluegreen; the
well-kept hedge, and the fields, cultivated to a thoroughness and
perfectness that makes glad the heart of all who delight in com-
plete work.
 London is reached at 6.30 P.M.  We take a carriage and drive
to the Hotel Metropole. A hundred emotions sweep through
our brain as we drive through magnificent streets and parks,
pass monuments and great buildings, to Trafalgar Square, to our
hotel. The Hotel Metropole covers an acre of land, adjacent to
the Thames embankment at Charing-Cross, and fronting on the
broad thoroughfare leading from Trafalgar Square, known as
Northumberland Avenue, and: stands in the very centre of the
West End of London, near  the Queen's palace, the Houses of
Parliment, and the fashionable clubs at Picadilly and Pall


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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Date:  01/1890


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