Ella J. Sheldon


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drawing their nets nearby. The bay was filled with life and motion. At 3 P. M. the Empress of India steamed out and a Japanese ship came in. I made a rude sketch of “Fugie” but my fingers were too cold for pencil work. A missionary lady for Burmah [Burma], Miss Bum, came on board at night and after seeing her comfortably disposed of I retired with a hot water tank to get my sleep, I wanted to be up early for we sailed at 6 a.m. On the way out we passed a pacific mail boat going in, and saluted the stars and stripes. How beautiful that flag looked in the grey of morning in a foreign port. The day [proved] bright


Sat left Yokahama

and we used the glass until land was no longer visible the last being a lighthouse looking very bleak and lonesome.

Sunday was very much warmer with rain, no church services, a very quiet day.

Monday morning when the clouds lifted we found ourselves in the midst of islands and were on the lookout for Smoky Jack, but he remained concealed in his blanket of clouds [so] long we were afraid he was not going to take an after breakfast smoke that morning, but he was, the blanket rolled off and a great puff of black smoke went up and mingled with the sun lit mist

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