¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 readily admitted into the principal saloons. We might not have seen all, but we saw so much, such splendor, grandeur in magnitude, that our preconceived ideas of the “King Palaces” were fully realized.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 The Grotto Saloon will long rest in our memories as a triumph of extravagance elegance and skill. Walls all inlaid with the most gorgeous shells the seas afford, in huge bouquets, hansom [sic] mosaics, also inlaying and mosaics of the finest marbles and polished rocks, but the greatest attraction of this immense saloon center, into three stripes of minerals and polished precious stones, about 10 or 12 inches in wi^d^th and three or four feet apart, extending entirely around the saloon, rock crystals large as ones head, Amathysts, [sic] Agates, Jasper, Lapis Lasuli [sic], large pieces of Amber, smoked topaz, and stones I never before heard of, in fact, everything except the small gems of Diamonds, Rubies, Emeralds, +c noticed two of three pearl shells in which were fine round pearls large as the end of my finger, grown fast to the inside of the shells.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Saloons where all the frames, furniture and ornaments were heavily ornamented with gilt and stucco work all around and above, generally too much so for good taste, many of the figures on the friezes and corners of the ceilings were in marble, some walls covered with the finest Gobelin tapestry. All ^rooms^ gorgeously frescoed. Floors richly inlaid with the finest polished woods so that it is very tiresome walking on them, but never a carpet anywhere.