William H. Seward's Travels around the World

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CHAPTER XI.
THE RETURN TO SHANGHAI.

Once more on the Pei-ho.--The Ladies at Tien-Tsin.--The Shan Tung.--Pigeon English. --Tempestuous Weather.--Visit to the Flag-ship Colorado.--Departure of Mr. and Mrs. Randall.--On board the Plymouth Rock.

Tung-Chow, November 22d.--How could we describe in writing the parting at the legation, which allowed of no utterance!

Time, it seems, is not money in junk-navigation. We find at Tung-Chow that our flotilla of little vessels, without a word of engagement or promise on our part, had waited nineteen days. It has been speedily manned and victualled. Its sails are already spread, our flags are unfurled, and we are once more afloat on the Pei-ho. The weather is very cold, but the downward voyage to Tien-Tsin requires only forty hours.

Tien-Tsin, November 23d.--Could anybody ask a safer convoy on a river-voyage than a rear admiral? Could anybody, needing protection on such a voyage, do a wiser thing than trust such a convoy?

"All's well that ends well;" but, could there be a better joke than that which has occurred to us, under the practice of these principles? Boat No. 2, bearing the two ladies, accidentally separating from the fleet during the night, came up to the draw-bridge at Tien-Tsin this morning, not only two hours before No. 4 and the other boats, but even three hours before the flag-ship of our gallant

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