Ella J. Sheldon


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of rattling glass and crockery gave the impression that there would not be a whole dish in the ship on the marrow. The air was getting to be something foul by this time. Saturday was a continuation of Friday for weather, walking about was dangerous to legs and arms. It was difficult to dress you were thrown violently from side to side of your room you could make no calculations beforehand for the boat appeared furious, for all the world like a Texas Broncho [Bronco] in the process of civilization, rolling from side to side standing on her hind legs then putting down her nose as if to smell grass and sending her heels high in the air the propeller buzzing furiously when out of water. The distance made


During 24 hours of this weather was 136 miles against from 300 to 340 miles in fair or favorable weather.

Saturday the saloon was decorated with the flags of all countoys [countries] and looked like a gorgeous tent. I thought our own flag never looked so beautiful and tasty as it did on this occasion. I could not help thinking there was something substantial looking about the old stars and stripes suggestive of the principle it represented and that it looked stately and [artiste] in the society of its more [gorgeous] red and yellow associates.

The next day would be Xmas and the children had been talking of Santa Claus, one little girl said they

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Women, travel, steamship, ocean, stewardess, diary, history, journal, Hong Kong, Yokohama, China