Dec. 6. Mr. P. A. Conard, Secretary of the Y.M.C.A. of Montevideo, has been inviting me most deftly and wooingly to address the Association before I sail. He was ably seconded by Dr. Goding, and since he has seen so kind and has served me in so many ways, I had to consent to give a short, informal talk, on the evening of the 7th. Weather very warm. Dec. 7. Weather becoming still warmer. Lightning and rain in the evening. The short talk that I had promised lasted two hours. All seemed to enjoy it. Was introduced in a very flattering way by our American Minister, Mr. Nicolay Grewstad, who, by the way, gave me a fine dinner on the 5th. At the close of the lecture nearly all the audience came forward to thank me and be introduced after the Minister, in English and the President of the Association, in Spanish, had thanked me for most novel, poetical and altogether wonderful speech. Never was this wanderer more heartily cheered. Dec. 8. No word of the Kurakina. Heavy storm of wind and rain with lightning. Two ships wrecked near the harbor this evening. Dec. 9. Our ship arrived. Harbor still rough. Got aboard at 5:00 P.M. Had to go out on tug three miles or so. Accompanied to the pier by Dr. Goding and Mr. Bright in a carriage. The Dr. who is American-Consul here, has been wondrous kind. Made me his guest since I arrived from Buenos Aires and looked after me in every way. Ship still coaling up to 11:00 P.M. Drizzling rain all day. Dec. 10. Awoke about five o’clock. Surprised to find that we were fairly off on our long voyage. Montevideo
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 17 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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