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Text for Page 116 [09-22-1853]

              22.  Thursday.   By 4 or 5 in the morning we are lying off Cleve-
land, and many passengers have gone ashore.  It is a misty, raw mor-
ning, as I look forth from my cabin-window on long wharfs stretching
out on either side, between which on muddily yellowish water ride vessels
of varying sorts and sizes.  Stir and turmoil and bustle everywhere.
After much progression athwart and about docks, and more retrogression I
at 7 effect a landing, and walk into the town �below the hill.�  Through
a dirty street with pigs in gutter & Germans & Irish at the doors of
squalid pot-houses until after five minutes walk I arrived at the
Railroad Depot.      Across multitudinous iron tracks to here great sheds
& puffing locomotives intimate busy travel-work, and at a wide orchid
space, (its further end a pier surrounded by the tossing lake-water;)  I
there make inquiry touching the departure of the cars for Columbus: also
breakfasting.          Some delay, & finding the Superintendant, while he
is franking me, the 8 o�clock cars & Express train move on � leaving me
two hours to look at Cleveland.   So stowing away carpet-bag I
stroll on, & mounting up the sloping sides of the hill on which the
better parts of the town stands, take a view of it.    Cleveland &
Ohio City, seperated but by a little river, which has produced the absurdity
of making these two one, (� people who live adjacent with water betwixt
�em always hate one another:) are margined by curving bays & the broad
lake.         Looking on thus & the busy streets & outstretching wharf I am
greeted by another �Pacific� acquaintance.  An elderly man, Brown or
Smith (I scarce recollect which no name t�was,)  who stopped at
Sault Ste Marie, going up.    He directs me & we part.    Down, (or up,)
Superior Street, worthy of the name, the crack street of Cleveland.   A
wide one, great hotels, fine stores, equal to New York, handsome buildings               
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