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of life aboard, as experienced by a Second Class Passenger aboard
the Washington.   You rise at somewhere about 7, descend
amid the chaos of boxes, to washing and dressing, then out, and
by 8 to breakfast, which is rough but plentiful.  Beef steak,
veal, lobscouse, old potatoes, rice, and indifferently good tea and
coffee are served on thick and well chipped earthenware, the Stewards
assistants being civil and assiduous.  ´┐ŻAnother table´┐Ż follows the first
one, as we have 200 passengers, and this occurs at each meal.
Breakfast over you have till 1 P M for reading, smoking, idling
and general fraternization .   The Germans, of whom we have a large
number aboard, lie about on bulk heads, pace up and down or
congregate together in the fore-part of the vessel, which appears to be
particularly their domain.     They sport all sorts of queerly-fashioned
habiliments, capotes with peaked hood on top, (like to mediavel English
citizen dress,) scanty coats of unnatural color, tight pantaloons, loose
pantaloons, gaily braided caps, ugly shapeless hats, shoes as if
the foot had been dipped in ink and permitted to dry, flabby, sloshing
list slippers, gaily worked slippers, and tight, knobby corn-sug-
gesting boots.     Among them are wiry haired, grim old men, women
who in their youth could never have looked pleasant or feminine, young
buxom frauleins, and stumpy, harsh speaking young men.  Some
are destined for Cincinatti, St Louis and the west, others purpose
to remain at New York.     Many English we have on board pro-
ceed for Canada, where they have, or intend to make homes, some go
to the States; but there are (to my present knowledge) only two Ame-
ricans here, one being chummed in our cabin.       Dinner consists of
indifferent soup, joints of beef, mutton or veal of endurable quality,               
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