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A Woman's Wanderings in the Western World

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Pages: 160

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Clara Fitzroy Kelly Bromley

Excerpt from book: AMERICAN WATBR-DRINKERS — BALTIMORE. 33 CHAPTER VI. Baltimore, August 16th. — My dear Father,—We came here yesterday afternoon, in about an hour and a half from Washington. The country through which we passed was very beautiful, and I should have admired it still more but that I thought once or twice we were going to " eternal smash," as they say here. We travelled much faster than I ever recollect doing in England, and frequently far too rapidly to be safe. The distance between Washington and Baltimore is but forty miles, and an hour and a half for traversing that space would have been moderate enough, but a very considerable delay took place at a station called Annapolis, and then I suppose to make up lee way they found it necessary to go like " greased lightning !" What immoderate water-drinkers the Americans are! There is water in the trains, water in the boats, water in the railway-stations, water in the drawing-rooms, and to make matters worse, at dinner (I am speaking of the table d'hote dinners on the road), instead of taking a little wine or beer,like people in general, they drink oceans of milk diluted with water. It is to me most unpleasant to look at, especially when accompanying rich entrees and sauces, not to speak of fat pork, which is also a very favourite dish, but does not in my opinion look at all agreeable in juxtaposition with a great tumbler of milk. As we hear that Baltimore does not offer many attractions to a casual visitor, we are enjoying a quiet morning. I can quite appreciate the feeling of some traveller I have read of, who on arriving I forget where, thanked heaven there was nothing to be seen. In a hurried journey one gets sadly tired of lionising. Besides I cannot but feel the almost impossibility of giving any original remarks, or of telling...  


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