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RUN FOR THE ATLANTIC RECORD. GOOD, and very good it may be, to hug
salt-water in wooden walls, under mast and sail, winds filled with
charming uncertainties, like sweethearting. But really, being
sailoring, what can compare to the throb of splendid life there is
in a crack Atlantic liner scouring the sea ! Ours, too, was the
prettiest run imaginable from New York, that strident sentinel of a
kinsfolk's shore, across the September waves to Southampton, most
kindly of the great English seaports. Saving a two days'
much-tossed ocean, we should certainly have broken the record,
Sandy Hook to the Needles. As things went, we came within a few
minutes of doing it; only that is getting ahead of the story, and
the how-it-is-done and the what-life-is on board an Atlantic
greyhound. A blackish drizzle was over New York and the Hudson
River, and the North River, and Hoboken, the other side of the
North River, where the Normannia lay leashed to the
Hamburg-American Packet Company's pier, until the hour should
arrive for starting. A monster she looked, against the background
of quays and warehouses, her big funnels smoking sedately into the
heavens. Yet, get the Normannia out on the waters and how her
immense size would disappear in a series of graceful lines and what
a beautiful picture of buoyant symmetry she would present Between
ship and pier, along three or four wide gangways, there was an
incessant movement of passengers bidding good-bye to friends, of
friends taking farewell of passengers, of porters trundling the
baggage and the mails on board. About the departure of a liner, no
matter from what corner of the globe, no matter where bound, there
is always something at once sad and elating. There is the sadness
of the good-byes, the tears, the strained faces; and there is
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