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1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 June 11  [1870]   The start     1

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 The following pages and illustrations have been gathered as a souvenir of my experience “abroad”, and under the circumstances I shall feel justified in claiming a commencement in New York harbor, on board of the French steamship Ville de Paris of the General Transatlantic Company.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 There was not much “foreign soil” visible on the clean decks and polished trimmings of this beautiful ship, but the intensely French atmosphere that saluted our entrée amply demonstrated our presence ^in^ foreign territory.        A sprinkling of German, Spanish, and English, from throats of a dozen or more nationalities became manifest as we advanced.    We found all parts of the ship crowded with an excited struggling mass, the larger part evidently being only sympathizing friends taking a last embrace, drink, or chat together.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0We”, means Mrs. JH Wade, Mrs. Anna R. R. Wade, Miss Alice Louise Wade,  Master J. Homer Wade and myself.     Accompanying us this far, were our dear Father and Mrs E. F. Bates, to see the institution that was to be home for the next 12 or 14 days.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 Watching the tide of passengers I soon discovered that the first thing requisite was to elbow my way into the presence of the Purser who was dispensing regular seats in the Dining saloon for the  4 and 6  P.M. table d’hote,  was glad to learn that the best seats at the head of the Pursers table had been reserved for us at the “first service”-

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