¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 the first hasty despatch about a battle, an anxious crowd of several thousand may be seen there awaiting the receipt of the details, standing quietly and patiently for hours at a time.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Wm Tell, for one night only” was announced to take place at the Royal Opera House. And Jep and I improved the chance of a sight at the interior, perhaps a little larger than the N.Y. Opera House, having four stories of “loges” or galleries above the pit. The latter part was densely crowded, also the highest two galleries, intermediate was thinly attended.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The play seemed to be an excuse simply, for an evening of patriotic demonstrations beginning with a chorus from 150 persons, singing a war song, written specially for the evening, ladies dressed in white with red flowers Gentlemen dressed in black, entirely of the national tri-colors red white and black, very well sung, all in “Dutch”, leaving us only the execution to think of, until the audience began to yell and cheers and all arose in mass, in great excitement. At its termination the cheers and yells for “encore” were defeaning [sic]- the loge beside ours (only a railing between) unfortunately for us contained three patriotic men who seemed to yell worse than any others–
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 The Band, a splendid orchestra of about sixty instruments, struck up “God save the King” when the whole mass (ourselves excepted) arose shouting with intense enthusiasm. We applauded the execution, but did not think it consistent with the republican principles of an American neutral to stand in solemn veneration of an European King, Although I strongly sympathize with the Prussian nation in this unjust war, I shall not join them in any patriotic demonstration-