Following the Equator: A Journey around the World - Vol. 2

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CHAPTER II

prosperity is the best protector of principle.-- Pudd'nhead Wilson New Calendar.

EVENING--I4th . Sailed in the Rosetta. This is a poor old ship, and ought to be insured and sunk. As in the Oceana, just so here: everybody dresses for dinner; they make it a sort of pious duty. These fine and formal costumes are a rather conspicuous contrast to the poverty and shabbiness of the surroundings.... If you want a slice of a lime at four-o'clock tea, you must sign an order on the bar. Limes cost fourteen cents a barrel.

January 18 . We have been running up the Arabian Sea, latterly. Closing up on Bombay now, and due to arrive this evening.

January 20. Bombay! A bewitching place, a bewildering place, an enchanting place--the Arabian Nights come again! It is a vast city; contains about a million inhabitants. Natives, they are, with a slight sprinkling of white people--not enough to have the slightest modifying effect upon the massed dark complexion of the public. It is winter here, yet the weather is the divine weather of June, and the foliage is the fresh and heavenly foliage of June. There is a rank of noble great shade trees across the way from the hotel, and under them sit groups of picturesque natives of both sexes; and the juggler

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