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1895. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI. KEY WEST AND THE POURTALES PLATEAU.
On Saturday, June 17th, we again put into Key West, tying up to the
government wharf, where a berth was secured for the "Emily
E.Johnson" through the kind offices of Dr. Murray. It was really a
relief to be again allowed to mingle with our fellow men, and not
bear the stigma which Uncle Sam had so promptly put upon us when we
entered the port before. Being tabooed by one's kind is doubtless
sometimes for the general good, but it makes the victim feel as if
there were some moral obliquity involved, and tends to decidedly
diminish one's self-esteem. Being pronounced once more fit for
contact with American citizens, we welcomed the advent of the
numerous parties who were willing to supply us with fruits,
provisions, curios, clean linen, etc., with a cordiality which must
have seemed unduly emphatic, and patronized ice-cream saloons and
soda-water fountains with a zest unknown since childhood. Key West
is a Spanish city, with a strong Bahaman flavor, placed on American
soil. Its main industries are spongecuring, cigar-making, and the
hatching of Cuban rebellions. If the Spanish authorities could
swoop down on that city some night and exterminate its inhabitants
of Spanish blood, it would be safe to insure Cuba against
revolutions for a generation to come. This city, of twenty-odd
thousand inhabitants, is an anomaly. The only thing about it that
is American is the coral rock upon which it stands, and a few of
the government officials. One can enter store after store without
being able to transact his business in English, and when he does
find a man who speaks English it isn't American English, but
Bahaman English, a curious-patois composed of negro dialect and the
language of the London cocknev, in which the h's ...
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||246 x 189 x 5mm (L x W x T)
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