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59. CHAPTER LIX. (continued)
"Thursday--Anchored off Algiers, Africa. Beautiful city, beautiful green hilly landscape behind it. Staid half a day and left. Not permitted to land, though we showed a clean bill of health. They were afraid of Egyptian plague and cholera.
"Friday--Morning, dominoes. Afternoon, dominoes. Evening, promenading the deck. Afterwards, charades.
"Saturday--Morning, dominoes. Afternoon, dominoes. Evening, promenading the decks. Afterwards, dominoes.
"Sunday--Morning service, four bells. Evening service, eight bells. Monotony till midnight. --Whereupon, dominoes.
"Monday--Morning, dominoes. Afternoon, dominoes. Evening, promenading the decks. Afterward, charades and a lecture from Dr. C. Dominoes.
"No date--Anchored off the picturesque city of Cagliari, Sardinia. Staid till midnight, but not permitted to land by these infamous foreigners. They smell inodorously--they do not wash--they dare not risk cholera.
"Thursday--Anchored off the beautiful cathedral city of Malaga, Spain. --Went ashore in the captain's boat--not ashore, either, for they would not let us land. Quarantine. Shipped my newspaper correspondence, which they took with tongs, dipped it in sea water, clipped it full of holes, and then fumigated it with villainous vapors till it smelt like a Spaniard. Inquired about chances to run to blockade and visit the Alhambra at Granada. Too risky--they might hang a body. Set sail--middle of afternoon.
"And so on, and so on, and so forth, for several days. Finally, anchored off Gibraltar, which looks familiar and home-like."
It reminds me of the journal I opened with the New Year, once, when I was a boy and a confiding and a willing prey to those impossible schemes of reform which well-meaning old maids and grandmothers set for the feet of unwary youths at that season of the year--setting oversized tasks for them, which, necessarily failing, as infallibly weaken the boy's strength of will, diminish his confidence in himself and injure his chances of success in life. Please accept of an extract:
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