The Englishwoman In America By Isabella Lucy Bird
























































































































 - THE ENGLISHWOMAN IN AMERICA 

BY ISABELLA LUCY BIRD

FOREWORD AND NOTES BY ANDREW HILL CLARK




CONTENTS.


CHAPTER I.

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THE ENGLISHWOMAN IN AMERICA

BY ISABELLA LUCY BIRD

FOREWORD AND NOTES BY ANDREW HILL CLARK

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

Prefatory and explanatory - The voyage out - The sentimental - The actual - The oblivious - The medley - Practical joking - An unwelcome companion - American patriotism - The first view - The departure.

CHAPTER II.

An inhospitable reception - Halifax and the Blue Noses - The heat - Disappointed expectations - The great departed - What the Blue Noses might be - What the coach was not - Nova Scotia and its capabilities - The roads and their annoyances - A tea dinner - A night journey and a Highland cabin - A nautical catastrophe - A joyful reunion.

CHAPTER III.

Popular ignorance - The garden island - Summer and winter contrasted - A wooden capital - Island politics, and their consequences - Gossip - "Blowin- time" - Religion and the clergy - The servant nuisance - Colonial society - An evening party - An island premier - Agrarian outrage - A visit to the Indians - The pipe of peace - An Indian coquette - Country hospitality - A missionary - A novel mode of lobster-fishing - Uncivilised life - Far away in the woods - Starvation and dishonesty - An old Highlander and a Highland welcome - Hopes for the future.

CHAPTER IV.

From St. George's Cross to the Stars and Stripes - Unpunctuality - Incompetence - A wretched night - Colonial curiosity - The fashions - A night in a buffalo robe - A stage journey - A queer character - Politics - Chemistry - Mathematics - Rotten bridges - A midnight arrival - Colonial ignorance - Yankee conceit - What ten-horse power chaps can do - The pestilence - The city on the rock - New Brunswick - Steamboat peculiarities - Going ahead in the eating line - A storm - Stepping ashore.

CHAPTER V.

First experiences of American freedom - The "striped pig" and "Dusty Ben" - A country mouse - What the cars are like - Beauties of New England - The land of apples - A Mammoth hotel - The rusty inkstand exiled - Eloquent eyes - Alone in a crowd.

CHAPTER VI.

A suspected bill - A friend in need - All aboard for the Western cars - The wings of the wind - American politeness - A loquacious conductor - Three minutes for refreshments - A conversation on politics - A confession - The emigrant car - Beauties of the woods - A forest on fire - Dangers of the cars - The Queen City of the West.

CHAPTER VII.

The Queen City continued - Its beauties - Its inhabitants, human and equine - An American church - Where chairs and bedsteads come from - Pigs and pork - A peep into Kentucky - Popular opinions respecting slavery - The curse of America.

CHAPTER VIII.

The hickory stick - Chawing up ruins - A forest scene - A curious questioner - Hard and soft shells - Dangers of a ferry - The western prairies - Nocturnal detention - The Wild West and the Father of Rivers - Breakfast in a shed - What is an alligator? - Physiognomy, and its uses - The ladies' parlour - A Chicago hotel, its inmates and its horrors - A water-drinking people - The Prairie City - Progress of the West.

CHAPTER IX.

A vexatious incident - John Bull enraged - Woman's rights - Alligators become hosses - A popular host - Military display - A mirth-provoking gun - Grave reminiscences - Attractions of the fair - Past and present - A floating palace - Black companions - A black baby - Externals of Buffalo - The flag of England.

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