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polar voyager from the land of mist and snow, remained in sight for
some hours, its outline becoming clearer to the sight, till night 
closed in and we left it, far away on our rear.             An impromptu
concert occurs in the fore cabin, on this evening, the Germans singing
that queer ditty immortalizing Doctor Isembark, with its �Swiddy-widdy
wim pum pum!� chorus, the �Leathery� burchen ditty (translated in
Longfellow�s Hyperion,) and �Vaterland.�    I went in for a song
anon, other Britishers following, Stevens, (the man with glazed hat
and sanguine haired sister) doing the bay of Biscay.   We kept it up
till 11, conscious that we were�nt in danger of being locked out.
Young Conworth developes very well, does not want sense, albeit there
is a localized Banbury atmosphere about him, (which he�ll get rid
of.)     He appears a good fellow, and is now very sunburned.    Our
feeding arrangements are very Deutche still, meat of a high flavor is
not uncommon, the butter is un-touchable, only the bread meriting en-
conium.     �Tis said that the Engineers have remonstrated, through their
chief, as to both quantity and quality of the provant.     A German
Artist, a fine days, labouriously works away from the aft-deck,
sketching the vessel.    There are young Americans among the first
cabiners, returning from medical studies.     The Texan tells me his
experience of Europe, how he was drunk continuously at Bremen, and
perplexed by a pious interpreter, who would not translate improprieties
to filles du pave, but would endeavour to convert them.   He has
got one of his Parisian Americans to fudge him certain notes relative to
the Palais d�Industrie, that he may not be laughed at on his return
to Corpus Christi.      At dinner table, I am handing a dish to Rey-
nolds, when a Deutche woman darts fork at it, with such emphasis               
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