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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919. Excerpt: ... Monday, June 25, igi7. O great day! O wonderful world! O fortunate boy! Can it be I sail for France--France j the beautiful--the romantic--the aesthetic, and France the noble--the magnificent? Yes, it is true. It is all real. The babbling crowd and gangplank and piled trunks and excited companions--the hissing, roaring, thundering whistle, the cry of shrill voices, the moving of mass, the joyous and sad faces, waving handkerchiefs, passing boats and docks, the Battery, Liberty, the open sea--and New York fades behind with the pilot boat taking back the last letters of frantically written farewells. The noise is past now; there is a strange silence as the gentle swell of a calm ocean comes to us; we become aware of the steady throb of the engine. People wander about restlessly with hands dangling at their sides. They know the past; they try to realize the present; they 1 are ignorant of the future. We are on the great Atlantic, we are sailing to France! Tuesday. Five-thirty found me wide awake, so I got up, and with great difficulty succeeded in making the steward de bains understand that I wanted a bath. They all speak French very fluently--just as fluently as I speak English. Well, I shall know how to take a French bath by tomorrow, or know the reason why. There were only a few on deck, so I had a good walk. Breakfast (petite dejeuner) was at six-thirty. Real breakfast comes at ten-thirty, but one eats so often that it is too tiresome talking about meals. The real topic of conversation is seasickness. It is enough to make anybody sick. Everyone looks at everyone else and at themselves in the mirror to see if they can find or create symptoms. The ocean is as smooth as glass, and still they talk. If I am to be seasick, it must come naturally. Darn if I'll ...
  • ISBN13: 9781453663134
  • Publisher: Createspace
  • Pubilcation Year: 2010
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 00226
Publication DateJuly 16, 2010
Primary CategoryBiography & Autobiography/Military

Dinsmore Ely, One Who Served

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