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COUNTRIES. CHAPTER I. The Serapit--Two
Feroze--Aden--Bombay--Start for Poonah--Poonah--Sights--The
--Kandala--The Ghauts--Bycullah--Beil with a Notion. Fthe year
1868, a regiment of hussars embarked on the troop-ship Serapis,
4,173 tons burden, 700 horse-power, steaming on an average 9 knots
an hour, and bearing, on this occasion, in round numbers, about
1,700 souls. On the whole, the accommodation on board these ships
is good, and it is marvellous how soon, out of the veritable puzzle
of nothing but wood, the soldier picks out and adjusts the
necessaries of his sea voyage. At first there does not seem room
for him to stand, much less to sit or lie; but soon he discovers
that there is a place for everything. Tables double up, hammocks
let down, kits stow away, and all the mess that there is, is
contained in that much misapplied word which otherwise rendered
means dinner. In the gradations of comfort on board, however, there
is a slow, steady ascent from private, through the various ranks,
up to Captain, when there is, or was, a long leap, and a field
officer has a cabin to himself. VOL. I. cabin to I should like to
describe two days of our passage; to bring, as it were, before your
"eyes the different sensations and sights of Monday and Thursday,
taking them as two typical days of seafaring generally, no less
than as they really were on the 16th of November, 1868, and the
19th. On the first day we had a dark, heavy, dull, wintry sky; a
howling wind, cold, comfortless; spray or rain driving in our face,
and a sea whose pitiless green waves rising r...
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