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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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On the middle deck, where we, the sons and
daughters of Adam are bestowed, everything, in
the meantime, is remarkably comfortable. The
ladies’ saloon is large and handsome, the passengers
few and of an excellent class. I have my
state-room to myself. I am like a princess in a
fairy tale. My cavalier for the journey, Mr.
Lerner Harrison, is one of the energetic and
warm-hearted class of American men, and add to
this a very agreeable fellow also, who in his
behavior to “a lady intrusted to his care” has that
blending of brotherly cordiality and chivalric
politeness which makes the man of the New World
the most agreeable companion that a lady can
desire. No screaming children disturb the quietness
on board; and the grunting of the swine
and other animal sounds in our Noah’s Ark we
do not allow to trouble us. All these animals
are destined to the Christmas market of New
Orleans.

December 19. I must tell you of a pleasure
which Lerner Harrison prepared for me one evening
on the Ohio. He asked me whether I should
like to hear the negroes of the ship sing, and led
me for this purpose to the lowest deck, where I
beheld a strange scene. The immense engine-fires
are all on this deck, eight or nine apertures all in

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