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A TRIP TO THE EAST
Mr. W. H. Douglas writes to his parents here (Elmwood,
. Below we give an extract from his letter.
June 30, 1876
I stopped one night and half a day in
Did not see much of that city.
Then one day in
Visited all the principal places of interest – the
Capitol, the Senate and House of Representatives – both houses being in
session, the White House, Smithsonian Institute, &c.
is the prettiest city on… being perfectly clean.
At the next place –
– we did not take time to stop.
Noticed a few
peculiarities, viz.: the streets near the river being made of oyster shells,
which makes a beautiful road.
Here the cars were taken one at a time, through the city with a horse as leader
and six mules! Thus we were taken for about a mile and a half, as the
locomotives are not allowed to run through the city.
, where we stayed three days, and I don’t think I ever worked
as hard of felt more tired. There was so much
to see, that by the time we left there I was about tired out, and I do
believe I saw as much there in three days
as most people will see in as many weeks;
at least I am well satisfied with what I saw of the “Great
Centennial,” and pronounce it the biggest thing I ever saw. I cannot
begin to explain it, or give you any conception of its greatness, and can only
that if you read all the newspapers, magazines, and articles written about it,
you will only have a faint conception of what there
is to see. There we may meet Japanese, Chinese, &c. There are all
kinds of articles from every country, old relics, all kinds of manufacturing
done, such as making silk, wall paper, candy, guns, needles, &c., &c.
The firsts day I was there I met Charlie White and his mother, and was glad to
meet some one from home. I also saw his highness Dom Pedro. He looks like Dan
McCoy, wears a double-breast black broadcloth coat, and a wide brim, light
colored, soft hat. He is the worst fellow to ask questions I ever saw.
There are two large organs in the main building that furnish music instead of a
brass band, and in the Machinery Hall a chime of bells, that discourse fine
music at all times of the day. In Horticultural Hall these is an immense organ,
that plays its own tunes by electricity, and only requires a man to pump it. It
represents a string and brass band, being an immense organ with horns, tenor
drum, bass drum, and cymbals.
we met a man from
. He looked some like Mr. Nightingale. He was real lively and was
, which made it pleasant for us. In
we hired a carriage together, and boarded at the same house in
. In the latter place we paid $1.50 a day for lodging, breakfast and
supper. Took dinner on the grounds on the European plan; cost 30 to 35 cents.
Sometimes we would go to the
Valley Dairy Association, and get a good bowl of bread and milk for 15 cents.
There is a train of cars runs around the Park every few minutes, Fare, five
cents the round trip. Did not find everything as high as represented. You have
to give a 50-cent piece at the gates, but they change your money at the outside
window, without any commission. We stopped at corner of Arch and Vine streets,
No 1,117 Vine. Took the steam cars in the morning, distant about a block from
us; fare 10 cts. And returned at night on the street cars, a distance of 4 or 5
miles; fare 7 cents. We visited Independence Hall, the Post Office, &c.,
We … at night.
(Last line of article is garbled)
found in a scrapbook at the Elmwood Historical Society, Elmwood
See also: William
H. Douglass’s Journal of this trip:
Hart Family Resource
Hart Family Genealogy Home Page
Hart Family Genealogy Index of Names
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