Early in the season of 1884, I made up my mind, if possible, to go to Europe
, after his European
tour, had told me that I ought not to undertake it until I had at least seven thousand dollars ahead.
I was aware that I had not means enough to take my family; I was sure, however, that if I waited until I laid up that sum, I should never go. One day Mr. Lemon
, the editor of the National Tribune
of Washington, D. C.
, was on a visit to Omaha
He said he would pay me for monographs on the Civil War
if I could furnish one a week.
I thereupon entered into a contract with him which aided me to take the trip.
My son Jamie was studying in Germany
and would meet me at Antwerp
, and we two together could make a reasonably extensive observation.
, then commanding the army, gave me a leave of absence, and further extended the time by detailing me to attend the French
maneuvers of the Seventeenth Corps d'armee in southern France
Furthermore he instructed me to proceed to view the English
war operations near the upper Nile
and report upon them.
The campaign for the relief of Khartoom and General Gordon
had just then been inaugurated.
I sailed from New York March 15, 1884, on the