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                   Over the �Great Eastern.�
talked to Sally for the best part of the evening. Left
at 11 �, Haney accompanying me to the �Optimus� sub-
sequently.
  25.  Wednesday.  To the �Great Eastern,� finding
Sally, Matty and Haney on the paddle-box, looking out
for me.      Over the vessel, up-stairs and down, the
day torridly-hot, the crowd immense.  (17,000 per-
sons visited the ship during the day, as we read
subsequently.)     Had Matty under my convoy part
of the time, anon Sally.      Lost our two companions
on their descending into the engine-room, we failing
to effect the same, in consequence of the crowd.    Ex-
plored as much as we could, promenaded the deck
for half an hour, then left at 11 �.      Saw Sally
home, through leafy, deep-green Washington Square,
having ice-cream by the way.     Found Matty already
at home, in the store, her mother there, and cus-
tomers.    The hot, idle noon-tide without, the store
with its chance perspective of sewing-girls and the
two girls themselves made a pleasant picture, one 
I liked to linger in for ten minutes.      Matty has cut
off a good deal of her hair recently, as it was
growing thin about the middle parting, and now
wears the severed portion in a long plait affixed
to the rear, beneath a pretty net.    Her face bears
it well enough; she can�t look otherwise than pretty.
As she stood laughing and talking, in her neat               
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