Ella J. Sheldon


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a quarter of a mile of our ship the man said extending his hand “you give me 50 cents” I said “the man on ship pay you regular fare.” He repeated “you pay me 50 cents” and then all proceedings stopped and a chorus went up from the united crew, “you pay us 50 cents.” I sat quietly and and shook my head. The pirate said “you give me 50 cents I no take you to the ship.” Then they all drew nearer to me and putting out their hands screamed “50 cents no take to ship.” I had been scared but I wasn’t now for I was mad. When they gave me a chance for a solo


I said, “you take me back to Hong Kong!! I no pay you! Take me back Hong Kong!!!” And unacountable [unaccountable] as it seemed they laid hold of their oars and made all haste to reach the ship, though they occasionally screamed “50 cents” The third officer followed up the ladder and waited upon me while I sent for the steward to come and pay them the proper fee, which he did and sent them about their business. We had a good laugh at my experience though the affair had given me a nervious [nervous] headache which lasted the remainder of the day. I was curious to

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