good-by. Failed to find them and went aboard the tender Bremen to go back to the ship. Soon Professor Sargent came to say good-by after trying to dissuade me from leaving him, hinting in every telling way that I would be sick, and repeating “Be sure to go to the hospital if you are seriously ill”, etc., etc. The motive for his policy I don’t know. I rolled back his advice on himself, advising to make haste to the Pekin hospital as soon as sick with more than a dozen diseases. Soon the little Bremen brought me to the good ship Bayern, and I am at last free. Only 3 at table this evening, myself and two officers, both very polite. I feel much at home. September 11th. All day reading and walking, delightful cool weather, and how fine my appetite. Had long walk around the deck with First Officer, observed the Chinese stewards loading tea, hides, etc., from junks. They do all the work. September 12th. Start south for Hongkong, Singapore, etc., at 11:00 A.M. Still cool, feel all alive with mountains in sight once more. Glad I’m free, will never be bound to mortal again on travel. Only about 40 passengers. 12 foot cabin. Welcomed with band music. In the P.M. until dark, passed through the midst of picturesque archipelago of islands, treeless but grassy and probably flowery. Many fishing junks.
Original journal dimensions: 11 x 16.5 cm.
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