This time our mother went with him, together with Maud and a party of friends.
She had been loth to go, for she had already planned her peace crusade in England
, but finding how much he desired it, she compromised on part of the time.
They sailed from New York early in February, 1872, in the steamer Tybee
The voyage was rough and stormy.
The companion daughter of the time remembers how the wretched little Tybee
pitched and heaved; even more vividly she recalls the way in which our mother from the first made society out of the strangely assorted company on board.
She was the magnet, and drew them all to her: the group of conventional ladies who had never before been at sea, the knot of naval officers going to join their ship,--among them George W. De Long
, the hero of the ill-fated Jeannette expedition; a colonel, and a judge, the former interested in the Samana Bay Company.
She made out of this odd company and the gruff old captain a sort of court which she ruled in a curious way. She did not seem to compel their admiration so much as to compel each to give his best.
cast anchor in the harbor of Puerto Plata
, and the voyagers saw Mont Isabel
towering above them, its foot in the clear beryl water where the palms grew down to the very edge of the yellow sea sand, its head wrapped in the clouds.
came to the stateroom, crying, “Come up and see the great glory!”
Our mother's delight can be imagined when they sailed into the harbor of Santo Domingo