AN EXCURSION TO GOA.
A Voyage on the Coast of Malabar.--A Perilous Predicament.--Dubious Navigation.-- Situation of Goa.--Official Courtesies.--History of Goa.--The Old City.--St. Francis Xavier.--Miraculous Cures.--Character of Xavier.--Public Institutions.--The Governor's Villa.--Historical Reminiscences.--A Goa Poet.--A Cordial Farewell.
Off the Coast of Malabar, April 19, 1871.--We were in a strait on Friday last. An excursion down this coast to ancient Goa, the first effective European settlement in India, and always the capital of the Portuguese Indian possessions, promised a pleasure not to be lost, and seemed a study not to be omitted. But Mr. Seward had engaged to dine with the Byculla Club of Bombay to-morrow, and the semi-weekly packet to Goa could not be relied upon. With twenty-four hours' knowledge of this dilemma, the Government fitted out a revenue-cutter lying in commission. The captain was unacquainted with the route, and an extra one was appointed; crew, furniture, and provisions, were extemporized, and, to make assurance of an exact return doubly sure, we sailed on Saturday at sunset.
The Camel, besides her proper British colors, was courteously invested with the stars and stripes, and we were accompanied by Mr. Farnham, the United States consul. Proceeding merrily, with a speed of eight knots, we began to inquire about dinner and sleeping arrangements. Sea-sickness came earlier than dinner. The cabins were spacious enough, but unavailable. The