¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Next, to the Italian line, then to the German line, all objectionable, when we at last heard of the English line where we learned that the steamer Sicilian will leave tonight for Liverpool, so we rode back to our Hotel, pasted the proper directions on top of each trunk “Brown Shipley & Co Bankers Liverpool, Eng” while our ladies looked with many sighs of hope and fear at consigning their new velvets, silks, +c to the possession of others- The Porter loads them on a hand-truck, we follow on foot, down to the Ponte Calvi where the revenue officials allow them to pass their doors after scratching their heads dubiously and revolving the trunks a few times.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Thence into a small boat, out through the crowd of moored small boats, into the narrow channels between the long rows of anchored ships, a half mile to the Sicilian where we were greeted in English and could make any inquiries that we desired. I succeeded in getting them stored in one of the upper cabins as free as possible from dampness, then back again up town to their office for our bills of lading, so that when we reached our Hotel we found them half through Dinner (5 1/2 PM) after waiting a half hour impatiently for us-
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 It is almost painful to see the awkward clumsy shiftless manner in which the loading and unloading is conducted. Amidst hundreds of ships, steamers, brigs, schooners, sloops, barges, and small boats, the latter circulating lively in and around every play they could squeeze into, one at first gives them credit for much business, but really, a couple of American ships with the steam appliances of our enterprising harbor men could handle as much freight in one day as the whole of this port does in half a week. Here we see what wheat (?) shoveled [sic] or thrown, into small row-boats, and know it must be tediously scraped out again by hand into the ships- Coal for steamers, hundreds of tons, carried on mens shoulders in small baskets thrown into small boats to