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well called the well of the “lost step” where victims, not to be hung, were
tempted with a feint [sic] chance of liberty by walking down into the dark vault
“leading without” but the three steps near the top are all, the fourth a
flank plunged them far below upon a series of revolving knives
which soon ended them, their fate unknown to their survivors.
Thence up stairs to the apartments of the Duke and Dutchess of Savoy
which now would scarcely be called cheerfull- thence into the large
audience hall adjoining, now surrounded with a row of old arms, long
well worn battle axes and old muskets.
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The first floor is now quite full of cannons and caissons, having been
used as an arsenal since 1798- Four prisoners are said to
be confined in the upper part which has been used as a prison for
many years- but our steamer is coming from the
head of the lake, 5 minutes distant, a quick grab for a flower from
the scanty creeper within the fort and we are off, leaving the vineclad
walls and its misdeeds, sitting low in the water 65 ft from shore.
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Our return makes the same stoppages, scarcely ever more than
a minute’s delay as every one is ready to rush off or on. OUr boat
was very full of tourists from Vevey and Ouchy varying their monotony
by a little ride. These places are crowded uncomfortably, “stayers”
who debar other tourists from sharing their quiet retreats, refuges from
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We again reach Geneva at 7 P.M. an hour after sunset, sailing into a
brilliant circle of glistening lights, rows of hotels each side of us, lighted
quays, and the long bridge of 60 lamps before us. beautiful!
11th By the advices of Mrs. OH. Palmer we made a little excursion today to
see her favorite Physician, accompanied by her daughter Susie and Mrs