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Laura E. Richards, Maud Howe, Florence Howe Hall, Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910, in two volumes, with portraits and other illustrations: volume 1, Chapter 7: a summer abroad 1892-1893; aet. 73-74 (search)
their bearers. August 2. Left Cologne by Rhine steamer. I remember these boats as crowded, dirty, and very comfortless, but I found this one as well appointed as need be. Spent the day mostly on deck enjoying the great beauty and romance of the trip.... I chilled myself pretty badly on deck, but stayed up until perhaps half-past 7. A very young Westphalian on board astonished us all by his powers of drinking and of smoking. He talked with me; said, Sie sind deutsch, which I denied. August 3. Reached Schwalbach at three. My dear sister [Mrs. Terry] came out to greet us. The meeting was a little tearful, but also cheerful. Much has passed and passed away in these eventful years . ... Presently Louisa and I were as though we had not been parted at all. She is little changed, and retains her old grace and charm of manner. August 4. Out early with my sister. We have a regular and restful plan of living. Meet after dinner, coffee with my sister at half-past 4, supper at half