Europe Revised By Irvin S. Cobb









































































 -   Out in midstream the tugs, which have been
convoying the ship, let go of her and scuttle off, one in - Page 5
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Out In Midstream The Tugs, Which Have Been Convoying The Ship, Let Go Of Her And Scuttle Off, One In This Direction And One In That, Like A Brace Of Teal Ducks Getting Out Of A Walrus' Way.

Almost imperceptibly her nose straightens down the river and soon on the starboard quarter - how quickly one picks up these nautical terms!

- Looming through the harbor mists, you behold the statue of Miss Liberty, in her popular specialty of enlightening the world. So you go below and turn in. Anyway, that is what I did; for certain of the larger ships of the Cunard line sail at midnight or even later, and this was such a ship.

For some hours I lay awake, while above me and below me and all about me the boat settled down to her ordained ship's job, and began drawing the long, soothing snores that for five days and nights she was to continue drawing without cessation. There were so many things to think over. I tried to remember all the authoritative and conflicting advice that hadbeen offered to me by traveled friends and well-wishers.

Let's see, now: On shipboard I was to wear only light clothes, because nobody ever caught cold at sea. I was to wear the heaviest clothes I had, because the landlubber always caught cold at sea. I was to tip only those who served me. I was to tip all hands in moderation, whether they served me or not. If I felt squeamish I was to do the following things:

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