Notes by David Page with considerable help from the 2003 work of D.H. Stewart in editing Kipling’s American: Travel Letters, 1889-1895, and of the ORG.
[September 15th 2010]
Shows how I came to America before My Time and was much shaken in Body and Soul
Outspoke der bold Von Stossenheim,[Page 457, line 1] City of Peking Kipling and the Hill’s sailed from Yokohama 11 May 1889 aboard this ship, bound for San Francisco where they docked on 28 May 1889. She was built in 1874 for the Pacific Mail Co, 5080 tons, and able to carry 120 first class, 250 second class and 1,000 steerage passengers.
Who had théories of Gott:
"O Breitmann, dis ish shoodgement on
De vays dat you hafe trot.
You only lifes to joy yourself,
Yet you, yourself moost say,
Dat self-defelopment requires
De réligiös Idée.
"Your wheel is new and your pumps are strange,[Page 469, line 26] Put the engine room aft the Nation is too broad east to west, especially with the capital, Washington, on the eastern edge. [D.H.S.]
But otherwise I perceive no change;
And in less than a week, if she did not ground,
I'd sail this hooker the wide world round !"