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Text for Page 116 [07-20-1855]

me.   I smoke and talk in moderation, and turn in early, getting up
by about 7.
  {21. Saturday.       Damp squally days, some little drizzle falling, but
  22 Sunday.}       more spray, fine and impalpable, but permeating and
wetting everywhere, insomuch that when you, at night, turn into bed,
tis suggestive of the cold water cure.     Yesternight, (I wrote on Sunday,)
was a rough one, the wind and waves in blustrous concert, the
dash of water awesome to hear, and the vessel pitching so suddenly
that I was once aroused as by a fall from a precipice.  Overhead too, was
horrific clamor both of men and foul weather.      No games of �shuffle
board� on mid deck d now, (�tis a sort of ship billiards, chalked com-
partments being marked on the planks, and circular, flat, draught-
shaped pieces of wood are propelled from some short distance into them :)
our Captain superintending, cigar in mouth, and hands in pockets, and
the first cabin passengers playing.     No lying on cabin roofs, under lec
of reversed boats, and beside masts and big iron chimneys, sitting in great
coils of ropes, or smoking on the fire deck.    Below in the fore cabin
are games of whist in progress, and vociferous foreigners are at home in
a congenially unwholesome atmosphere.     Afternoons are dozed away in
berths, and meal hours become grand epochs of the day.     And now
to fellow mortals.    Captain Cavendy is, I guess, an Americanised
German, a tall, sturdy man with short thick beard, and accent and
speech to match, he appears good humored but more of the rough
sailor than gentleman.   The mates are short and keen-looking, crew
American and German, waiters nearly exclusively belonging to the latter
denomination.       There are no great number of first cabin passengers,
and they appear to be mostly from the European Continent.     The notice-               
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