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Due West or Round the World in Ten Months   By: (1820-1895)

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DUE WEST

Or

Round the World in Ten Months

by

MATURIN M. BALLOU

Plus je vis l'étranger, plus j'aimai ma patrie. DE BELLOY

Third Edition.

[Illustration: Logo]

Boston Houghton, Mifflin and Company New York: 11 East Seventeenth Street The Riverside Press, Cambridge 1885

Copyright, 1884, by Maturin M. Ballou. All rights reserved.

Riverside, Cambridge: Electrotyped and Printed by H. O. Houghton and Company.

I rather would entreat thy company To see the wonders of the world abroad, Than, living dully sluggardized at home, Wear out thy youth with shapeless idleness. Two Gentlemen of Verona.

PREFACE.

To circumnavigate the globe in our day is only a question of time and money, the facilities being ample, and the inducements abundant. Intelligently and successfully to consummate such a purpose is an education in itself. The tourist will find all previous study enhanced in value by ocular demonstration, which imparts life and warmth to the cold facts of the chroniclers, besides which a vast store house of positive information is created which time cannot exhaust. Perhaps the majority of travelers see only that which comes clearly before them; but this they do most faithfully, being possessed of a stronger sense of duty than of imagination. The clear, direct vision of such people has its merit. There are others who both see and feel, to whom the simplest object in its suggestiveness may be full of beauty. It is the latter who pluck delightful mysteries out of travel; and who, after viewing nature, it may be in her calmest moods, bring away with them upon the tablets of memory a Claude Lorraine. The eyes will operate automatically, but it is of little avail unless one exercises the observing power; then they become luminous. You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some with you, says Joubert. If the author succeeds in imparting to the reader but a share of the great and varied pleasure he realized in the ten months of travel herein recorded, his object in transcribing these experiences will have been fully consummated.

M. M. B.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I. PAGE Synopsis of the Journey. Crossing the Continent. A Great Midland City. Utah and the Mormons. The Sierra Nevada. San Francisco. A Herd of Sea Lions. Possibilities of California. The Love of Flowers. Public School System. Excursion to the Yosemite. An Indian Stronghold. Description of the Valley. Passage of the Mountains. Caught in a Snow Storm. A Forest of Feathers. The Mammoth Trees of California. Passing the Golden Gate. Voyage across the Pacific. A Lost Day 1

CHAPTER II.

Landing in Japan. Characteristic Street Scenes. Native Bazars. Women of Yokohama. Excursion into the Country. Visit to Kamakura. Peculiar Scenes on the Road. A Wonderful Bronze Statue. Popular Religions of the Country. The Hakone Pass. A Youthful Mother. Native Jugglers. Temple of Shiba. Review of the Soldiery. Ludicrous Sights. A Native Fair at Tokio. A Poor Japanese Woman's Prayer 30

CHAPTER III.

Foreign Influence in Japan. Progress of the People. Traveling Inland. Fertility of the Soil. Grand Temples and Shrines at Nikko. The Left Handed Artist. Japanese Art. City of Kobé. Kioto and its Temples. Idol Worship. Native Amusements. Morals in Japan. Lake Biwa. Osaka on a Gala Day. The Inland Sea. Island of Pappenburg. The Tarpeian Rock of Japan. Nagasaki. Girls Coaling a Ship. National Products 55

CHAPTER IV.

Sail for Hong Kong. Ocean Storms. Sunset at Sea. A Water Spout. Arrival in China. Typhoon Bay... Continue reading book >>




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