¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Our ladies feared an exposure of their large rolls of new velvet, but Henry slipped four francs into the hands of the Porter to whos duty it is to take down and examine, saying, “Please to hurry through as we are getting hungry”. He called for two more francs saying he must divide the amount between six persons. We were allowed to pass without opening a trunk.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 We gave Mother a pleasant surprise as she was not expecting us for two days yet. Hotel Splendide, new, neat, clean small, put us into the 2nd (3rd) story, so scattered that I was at once thoroughly demoralized and ^decided^ to leave soon as possible although the bad weather assisted me to that decision.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 I had hoped for a quiet stay her of four or five weeks, while Mr. C. And I took a three weeks run through Spain, But reports about yellow fever there scared us off from that track.
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 1 23rd [December 1870] Discouraging, ground covered with snow. From a rear window a beautiful sight awaits us. One seldom witnessed in Menton. The dense orange orchard is a mass of snow, a snow grotto, out of which peep the astonished oranges, truly “Apples of gold in pictures of silver”
¶ 6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 24th [December 1870] I went to Nice, one hours ride by rail, to lean about the movements of Steamers southward. Met Mr Hughes family at the Hotel de la Paix. Mr H- Calm but Mrs H- Terribly demoralised [sic] with the political prospects of Nice. Fearful stories were related, in whispers, lest the walls might have ears- Interesting but unreliable.
¶ 7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 25th [December 1870] Christmas. All are happy, especially our children, amidst the circulation of little presents- At Breakfast, on the table sits a basket of flowers, hollow centre containing some five franc pieces.