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“ [12] is. Found it very beautiful. At 4 P. M. M. Felu1 came to take us to the Zoo, which is uncommonly good. The collection of beasts from Africa is very rich. They are also successful in raising wild beasts, having two elephants, a tiger, and three giraffes which have been born in the cages — some young lions also. The captive lioness always destroyed her young, and these were saved by being given to a dog to nurse....”

August found the travellers in Prussia.

“Passed the day in Berlin.... At night took railroad for Czerwinsk, travelling second-class. After securing our seats, as we supposed, we left the cars to get some refreshments, when a man and a woman displaced our effects, and took our places. The woman refused to give me my place, and annoyed me by pushing and crowding me.”

The brutality of this couple was almost beyond belief. She was always so gracious to fellow-travellers that they usually “made haste to be kind” in return. She made it a point to converse with the intelligentlooking people she met, either in the train or at the tables d'hote then still in vogue. She talked with these chance acquaintances of their country or their profession. It was never mere idle conversation.

This journey across Europe was undertaken solely for the pleasure of seeing her sister, always her first object in visiting Europe. The bond between them was very strong, spite of the wide difference of their natures and the dissimilarity of their interests. Mrs.

1 The armless painter. See ante, vol. I, chap. XII.

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