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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
          A SUMMER VACATION IN EUROPE.                  293

and different civilizations, and behold the wonders of classic
and medieval art.  You look upon renowned and historical land-
scapes and feel the magic of their grand associations; and have
a more complete and varied knowledlge of the world and its
  It was on the 20th of July, last, that the good ship Etruria, of
the Cunard line, steamed out from the dock in New York, with
the living freight of one thousand souls, for Liverpool. The day
was glorious; hundreds of persons were at the dock to see their
friends off and bid them "bon voyage."  The sight was brilliant
and inspiring; handkerchiefs, hats and parasols were waved in
  Our ship was a little world in itself. Among the list of cabin
passengers were twenty-one nationalities. English, American,
Spanish, German, Hungarian, Scotch, Irish, Russian, Austra-
lian, Japanese, etc., etc.
  Our passenger list included Sir Julian Paunceforte, the new
English Minister at Washington, who proved himself the most
popular and agreeable person aboard, Dr. Wm. H. Russell
(Bull-Run Russell), of the "London Times," and Charlie Mitchell,
the English pugilist, who trained Kilrain in his recent fight with
Sullivan. I am bound to say there was nothing in his manner to
mark him, other than a good-hearted fellow, of pleasant address
and gentlemanly manners. He is quite young--only 22. His
wife was with him-gentle, quiet in manners, and pretty.
They seemed much attached to each other.
  The sail out of the harbor to the ocean was a delightful ex-
perience. I was not at all sea-sick, as I expected to be. With
our steamer chairs placed in as sheltered a position as possible,
we enjoyed, to the full, the beauty of the scene. The gong
sounded for dinner at 2 o'clock. The dinner was as elegant and
as well served as the one we had the day before at the Fifth
Avenue Hotel; indeed, I have been trying to think in what par-
ticular a great ocean steamer differs from a city hotel, and I can
think of no vital difference. I was regularly shaved on the
steamer, in a cosy little barber-shop.  I enjoyed the comforts
of a bath-room, with hot and cold water. The cabins were
illuminated with electric light. There was a menu for each meal,
printed on the ship. It is, indeed, marvellous how complete and
elegant they have made these palaces of the sea.
  Everything was serene and beautiful the first day at sea, but
when I awoke on Sunday morning, it was to find a fearful gale
prevailing.  Just as I was about to get out of my berth, and
make an effort to dress, the good, honestfaced cabin-steward
entered and assured me that I had best remain in my berth, as
the sea was unusually high, and but few, if any of the passen-
gers, would make their appearance. I followed his advice and
remained in my state room; he brought me a menu, from which
I ordered a light breakfast-milk-toast, stewed prunes and tea.
The storm continued for two days. I was but slightly sea-sick,
and managed each day to climb to the deck and behold the ter-
rible majesty of the scene.


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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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