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the kicked Steward is sulky as a dyspeptic devil, and talks spitefully,
nor is his temper improved by a few remarks from Stansfield, on the
absurdity of it.
  {24.  Tuesday       Squally weather for the most part; mornings
  25.  Wednesday}       of blended rain and driving spray, combined with
vicious head winds, which occasionally slackening or veering to another
quarter, sometimes tempt the putting forth of a side sail only to result
in its almost immediate withdrawal.     Our Eighth day finds us not
yet half way across the Atlantic.     Passengers discover the monotony
of a sea voyage, lie �twixt sleep and awake in their berths of afternoons,
play cards in the fore-cabin, or drift here and there into fragmentary
converse with one another.     Sea-sickness has become a thing of the
past, our latest convalescents being �the Doctor,� and Newcombe.  Between
the former and the Deal-born Briton, a slight quarrel, originating
in a dispute at cards has occurred; and much funniment been evolved
therefrom, each adversary being confidentially informed of valorous and
bloodthirsty intentions on the part of the other.               Two young Deutsche
varlets scampering about on the top of the vessel, yester-evening, sound
the bell which signals the immediate stoppage of the engines, � hence
results a rope partition making sacred from passengers part of the
roof promenade.       Our meals are temporarily better served, but
the materials continue to be rather adapted to Germanic than English
taste; the Teutonic stomach being verily no squeamish one, as I, 
dining oe day at the nether end of the table among the Deutchers, have
an opportunity of seeing.   Small and ravenous boys plaster inconceivable
quantities of butter on hard biscuit, coarse skinned and indifferently
washed seniors wallow in greasy pork and strongly scented, half warm,               
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