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A Flight in Spring by J. Harris Knowles

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A FLIGHT IN SPRING

IN THE CAR LUCANIA FROM NEW YORK TO THE PACIFIC COAST AND BACK DURING APRIL AND MAY, 1898, AS TOLD BY THE REV. J. HARRIS KNOWLES

NEW YORK 1898

SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY COPIES PRIVATELY PRINTED FOR FREDERICK HUMPHREYS, M.D.

No. 750

COPYRIGHT, 1898, BY J. HARRIS KNOWLES

Dedication

_TO THE LUCANIANS_:

"THE KING AND THE QUEEN" "THE APOSTLE AND THE ANGEL" "THE FAIRY PRINCESS" "JUNO AND PSYCHE" "THE GYPSY QUEEN" "THE PRINCESS" "MINERVA AND JUPITER" "MERCURY," AND "THE SPANISH COUNT"

THESE RANDOM JOTTINGS OF OUR HAPPY "FLIGHT IN SPRING," ARE AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED

BY THEIR FRIEND

"THE POPE"

CONTENTS

I PAGE The Circumstances of the Flight.--The Start.--The Car "Lucania."--The Kitchen.--The Cook.--The Poetic Dinner.--Our Accommodations.--Visitors at Newark.--Improvised Theatricals.--Philadelphia, Wilmington, Baltimore, Washington.--The Approaching War Crisis 1

II

On through the South.--Thomasville, Georgia.--Dr. Humphrey's Winter Home.--Southern Flowers.--The Old Plantation.--War Declared.--They Leave To-day 8

III

Departure from Thomasville.--Pet Superstitions.--Montgomery, Alabama.--The Capitol.--The Public Fountain.--Montgomery to New Orleans 15

IV

New Orleans.--Surviving Traces of Spanish and French Occupation. --Jackson Square.--Cathedral of St. Louis.--The Cemeteries.--Melancholy Perspectives.--Audubon Park.--Graves for Sale.--The French Market.-- Mobile and New Orleans as Seen Nearly Thirty Years Ago.--St. Charles Hotel.--A Dinner at Dr. Mercer's 19

V

Impressions of New Orleans.--Its Harbor.--The Levee at Night.--Southern Texas.--Its Forests, Flowers, and Birds.--The Prairie Pool 25

VI

San Antonio.--Work of Jesuit Missionaries.--Street Ramble.--The Old Cathedral.--Evenings in our Car.--A Mission Car.--The Tired Clergyman with his Renewal of Vigor.--The Alamo.--The Siege Sustained by Colonel Travis and his Men.--The Tragedy.--Hymn of the Alamo.--The Western Texas Military Academy 30


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