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This book is a record of a pleasure trip. If it were a record of a solemn scientific expedition, it would haye about it that gravity, that profundity, and that impressive incomprehensibility which are so proper to works of that kind, and withal so attractive. Yet notwithstanding it is only a record of a pic-nic, it has a purpose, which is, to suggest to the reader how he would be likely to see Europe and the East if he looked at them with his own eyes instead of the eyes of those who travelled in those countries before him. I make small pretence of showing any one how he ought to look at objects of interest beyond the seaother books do that, and therefore, even if I were competent to do it, there is no need.
I offer no apologies for any departures from the usual style of travel-writing that may be charged against me—for I think I have seen with impartial eyes, and I am sure I have written at least honestly, whether wisely or not.
In this volume I have used portions of letters which I wrote for the Daily Alta California, of San Francisco, the proprietors of that journal having waived their rights and given me the necessary permission. I have also inserted portions of several letters written for the New York Tribune and the New York Herald.
O F VOLUME I.
Popular Talk of the Excursion-Programme of the Trip-Duly Ticketed
Grand Preparations-An Imposing Dignitary-The European Exodus
"Averaging" the Passengers-"Far, far at Sea"-Tribulation among
The Pilgrims Becoming Domesticated-Pilgrim Life at Sea-" Horse
Summer in Mid-Atlantic-An Eccentric Moon-Mr. Blucher Loses Con-
Solid Information - A Fossil Community-Curious Ways and Customs
A Tempest at Night-Spain and Africa on Exhibition-Greeting a
The Ancient City of Tangier, Morocco-Strange Sights-A Cradle of
A Pilgrim in Deadly Peril-How they Mended the Clock-Moorish
Fourth of July at Sea-Mediterranean Sunset-The "Oracle" is De-
Getting "Used to it"-No Soap-Bill of Fare, Table d'hôte-" An
A Holiday Flight through France-Summer Garb of the Landscape-
More Trouble-Monsieur Billfinger-Re-Christening the Frenchman-
The Venerable Cathedral of Notre-Dame-Jean Sanspeu's Addition-
French National Burying-Ground-Among the Great Dead-The Shrine
War-The American Forces Victorious-" Home Again"-Italy in
Flying Through Italy-Marengo-First Glimpse of the Famous Cathe-
"Do You Wis zo Haut can be?"-La Scala-Petrarch and Laura-
Rural Italy by Rail-Fumigated, According to Law-The Sorrowing
The Pretty Lago di Lecco-A Carriage Drive in the Country-Astonish-
Night in Venice-The "Gay Gondolier"-The Grand Fête by Moon-
The Famous Gondola-The Gondola in an Unromantic Aspect-The
Down Through Italy by Rail-Idling in Florence-Dante and Galileo