¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 pass one of these without a new signal from the military dispatcher. Both tracks are filled with trains going in opposite directions, several hundred of them, each train numbered. our train is No 129, the next one ahead of us is No 130- One just passed us is No 169. Each train, by actual count, averages about 54 cars each, full or empty- Here, standing still ahead of us awaiting orders are seven trains. In sight behind us are two more. This accounts for our delays.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 The good natured conductor tells us he has not been in bed or taken off his clothes for the past 12 days. Running night and day the same. The poor Engineers are exhausted, kept up only by stimulants, has just discharged one who was found drunk on our Engine-
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Standing here in the fields we are getting hungry again. This time we can only get Bread Butter and water, still “jolly” as Martin Chuzzlewits man ‘Mark’ would say- We use our opera glass frequently upon the ancient and picturesque ruins of the castle of Munzenberg [sic], perched upon a steep little eminence a mile or two away on our left. The military display and unusual food for our journals have kept us up heroically all day although its difficult to find much amusement with such excessive heat- Cant safely leave the car, as they are liable to leave any minute, a little “solitaire”, a little “Euchre”, reading….is soon over and thus “why dont we go ahead” is repeated again-