Ella J. Sheldon


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If people want nursemaids they must bring [them] the co. [company] do not furnish.” “Don't let anyone impose upon you by coaxing or hinting what they wish a few things washed they probably could hire a boy if it was necessary.” There is nothing in the ship the ladies cannot have if they ask for anything see that they get it. [etc. etc.]. “The steward is a good man and I will have him post you and look after you,” and so I flew home to write some letters, look after any laundry work, and pack a few things, make a few calls and buy a large wrapper to put on over my night dress in case of emergency, put my room in order and say farewell


to my friends. And on Thursday Dec [December] 15 1892 at 3pm the line was cast of the boat steamed into the channel. My friends were on the wharf and I was taken with a sudden spasm of loneliness; I must have looked lonely, for one forlorn little- female figure dressed in black standing outside the saloon door apart from the strange men swarmed the decks and could look not otherwise. The sea is a stranger to me as well as the people and at least two months before I could return to the society and smiles of my loving friends. And my position that of a matronly nobody. I would investigate this position, I would find out if it was the

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