Diary of Albert Prowse, Merchant, Murray Harbour

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Mary Saunders has sent us a transcription of the diary of Albert Prowse, General Merchant, who lived in Murray Harbour, and went on a buying trip to England, France, etc. in 1900.

Diary written by Albert Prowse


Sailed by S.S. Electra from Prowse & Sons Wharf at Murray Harbour South at 5 o`clock p.m. Left Beach Point at 5:20 and after a pleasant and steady passage we arrived in Charlottetown at 10:55. The trip from Murray Harbour was a very fine one even though we had a good smart showers of rain when off Little Sands, Wood Islands, too. We had some 20 passengers on board among whom was Senator S. Prowse, B. LeLacheur, Dr. J.H. & Mrs. McLeod (nee Clara Cuddy). Wallace Hill, Samuel Johnston, H. Graham, Mrs. Kearney, D.P. Murdock and several others. We reached Charlottetown all well pleased that we got through the trip without any seasickness. Besides the passengers the S.S. Electra had a full cargo consisting of Lobsters, Cheese, Eggs and Wool. We went to the Hotel Davies (James Davis Hotel, Osborne House, Water Street) and occupied room #95 in the west end which we found very comfortable and had a good night rest.


After breakfast saw Father on board the Princess bound for Pictou. Senator Prowse being on route to Sydney accompanied by H. Beer who was with some other Directors of the Merchants Bank of P.E.I. who crossed over the day previous intend opening a Branch of the Merchant Bank of P.E.I. at Sydney, Cape Breton. The balance of Thursday was spent in securing tickets, providing money and procuring references and general information to help us with our trip. Besides the above needs the sale of senior cheese to Carvell Bros. for the Murray Harbour Dairy Co. At the close of the day wrote several letters home regarding cheese, starch, etc.


Left Charlottetown by the Mail Express at 8:35 a.m. arriving in S’Side at 10:55 – went on board S.S. Northumberland and enjoyed a very pleasant passage to Point du Chene. The passage across occupying 2 rooms and three quarter at Point du Chene. After some attendance to ticket and baggage we boarded the train for Moncton arriving there at about 3 o’clock. Went to the Brunswick House it being nearest the station – took a room, had a wash, and after resting had some tea.

An hour or two we took a walk and entering the Book Store owned and managed by Hattie Tweedie but found the proprietor and not in. We were just turning to go out when we met her at the door and of course we had to introduce ourselves. We spent two or three hours there, very pleasantly, talking over old times, friends and then back to the Hotel remained there until near train time. Left Moncton by the Maritime Express at 10:50 p.m. and after a very pleasant though somewhat tiresome journey of almost 3 1/2 hours we arrived at Levis at 14:15 o’clock – took ferry boat and crossed to Quebec went at once to Allan Line Office and were informed that there the Parisian was not yet down from Montreal but that we must be back at 5:45. We took a Cabman who took us to the Laval Restaurant had lunch and a short rest, after which our Cabman took us around to see the principal sights of the historic, City of Quebec. Went on Cidadel Hill and had a look around the grand Frontenac Hotel from the grounds of the city beneath. The river, St. Lawrence, Levis on the other side and all the surrounding county are presented to the gaze as a grand panoramic. Saw Montcalm and Wolfe’s, Plains of Abraham, the old house in

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where Montcalm lived, court house, new City Hall, Parliament Buildings, Cathedral and St. Jean Baptist Church and several other places of interest the short time we stayed there was time well spent as we left Quebec with the strong impression of its solidity and fortification fascia.

About 5 o’clock we arrived at the Allan Line Office after waiting some 40 minutes we went down to the wharf and went on board the Steam Tender "Queen". Some time was used in putting on board the tender, the baggage of passengers for the Parisian. Also bags and boxes of provisions. About 6:30 we steamed off from the wharf went up the shore a short distance and joined the S.S. Parisian which was steaming very slowly in mid stream. Here the passengers, baggage and provisions were transferred from the Tender to the Liner . This took some 30 minutes and about 7 o’clock the Parisian got away to sail down the river. As long as we could see it was delightful and at a later hour we retired. Had a good nights rest, woke Sunday morning feeling fairly well rested.

SUNDAY, JULY 22, 1900

A very fine day, rather warm. Shortly after breakfast the church bell rang and at 10:30 service was held by Church of England Minister Rev. who took for his text the following: "Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God" he preached a very interesting sermon. The service was attended by a very large number. The remainder of Sunday was spent in reading and promenading. The view going down the St. Lawrence was simply delightful.

MONDAY MORNING, July 23, 1900

Had another nice nights rest and awoke to see a fine morning with the waters through which we are steaming widening, leaving the Northern Shore further in the distance. We are hugging the Gaspe Shore a little closer. Monday passed with the winds changeable from a smart breeze to nearly calm at intervals, the ship going along very steadily.

Monday afternoon we got sight of Newfoundland on our Starboard and as we are getting nearer the Straits of Belle Isle the air is becoming much cooler. About 4 o’clock pm we got glimpses of ice bergs in the distance. At 5 o’clock we passed a fair size one and at about 8 o’clock we passed quite a large one. On the Island of Newfoundland we saw on the high lands patches of snow, also on the Labrador side.

At about 9 o`clock we passed Cape North Light on starboard side and about 10:45 we passed the Belle Isle Light on our port side. The last land light we shall see on the side of the Ocean. Minnie retired about 10:00 o’clock but I was anxious to see us pass the Belle Isle light after which there was nothing more to be seen, I retired. We both slept fairly well, the ship began tossing a little we awoke Tuesday morning July 24th.


I was feeling just fine, but Minnie not so well – feeling like a virus attack. We are now out on the open sea and the ship is tossing livelier. But so far has gone along remarkable. Steady as far as we know there is no sea sickness on board up to 11 o’clock am. Early this morning we heard

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our steamer whistle blowing at short intervals and looked out saw we were going thru dense fog – during which the Parisian slowed down . This cleared some but the Parisian kept blowing at intervals thus resuming full speed. Tuesday Minnie was feeling too poorly to go to lunch, I had some headache but felt fairly well. Weather continued foggy clearing by times and again getting thicker.

Wednesday, July 25, 1900

Minnie sick all day. My headache was nagging at intervals. I kept fairly well but could not take my dinner at the table at 7 o’clock pm. The first meal so far that I have missed. Weather continuing foggy at intervals – some of the passengers were a little under the weather.

Thursday, July 26, 1900

Minnie feeling better. Went to the dinner table at 7 o’clock pm. I am feeling fair and took my meals in regular order at the table. Weather clearing. At 8 o’clock those who were on the upper deck witnessed a glorious sunset. A sight worth seeing and one to be remembered, a sight. I am sure impossible to witness on land.. At home we often see the sun setting going down behind the western hills too but out on the broad Atlantic to see the sun going down in all its glory as if going down into the ocean is something to my mind at least worth remembering.

Friday, July 27, 1900

A fine clear morning. Minnie feeling much better and I am first rate. Stayed on deck most of the day and took our meals regularly. Friday night a concert was held in the Saloon for the benefit of the Seaman’s orphans. Fund was taken part by some of the passengers and some of the crew the sum of $10.10 was realized which was considered quite a success.

Saturday, July 28, 1900

Had the best nights sleep so far and woke fairly fresh. The morning is delightful, a gentle easterly wind but bright and clear. Saw the Lake Superior about ___ miles to the south of us. This Ship left Montreal on Friday, July 20th. The Parisian had overtaken her and is now something ahead. We both took our breakfast at the table after which we spent some time on deck. Minnie feeling a little dizzy and weak came to her room to lie down awhile and with her assistance I have tried to fill in my diary which I had neglected since Tuesday. So far we have had a delightful, smooth passage. We expect to get sight of land this afternoon.

We did not get sight of land before retiring but doubtless through that night saw the light, for when we awaked on Sun. am we found we were very near the shore. Have rounded the North of Ireland and came to a stop of – for delivery and dispatch of mails.

Sunday, July 29, 1900

Sunday was a damp day – still we stayed on deck some of the time as we passed down the shores of the east coast of Ireland. The scenery was nice to us and beautiful. We had a service preached by Rev. W. Hart, going through the English Church formation his text was. `What think of Christ`. A very nice and interesting discourse, but on the passage over we came to the conclusion that the English Church people or at least some of them judging by some of the

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company we had, do not share a very good example of Sabbath observance, as card playing was indulged on board and Sunday afternoons and was assisted and abetted by an English Church Minister who was on board namely Rev. Mr. Bannister who spent nearly all his time while on board even staying up all night playing cards. He was not generally liked by anyone on board and was by more than one styled `The Monk`

He could have his bottle of Whiskey beside him at every meal. Clear of this, the balance of Sunday was spent quietly. In the afternoon we passed a Man of War and in the evening or just after dark we came in view of the Birmingham and Liverpool lights which presented a very pretty sight.

At 16 minutes to 10 o`clock the Parisian dropped anchor and we retired with the orders to be up for breakfast at 6 am and we would be landed at 7 o’clock.

MONDAY MORNING – July 30, 1900

Monday morning we were all up bright and early gathering our belongings together and made ready for dis-embarking which was done between 7 and 8 o’clock am. Then into the Customs Baggage Room where the Baggage of the passengers out of 4 Steamers was all being dumped at the one time, which caused quite a confusion and after a little searching we secured ours. Had it passed by Customs and sent by Cab as we thought to the Hotel. We were conveyed to the London and Weston Hotel. I cabled home from this hotel, went then to the Allan Line office and completed arrangements for our return passage by the Numidian. – Then after waiting awhile for baggage to show up we became uneasy about it and after considerable inquiring and worry we were assured that as it was labelled LONDON that we should find it alright when we would get to London. By this time the 11:05 train was away and having to wait until 12 o’clock for the next train we decided to take lunch. We left Liverpool at 12 or very shortly after and arrived at Euston Station, London at 6 o’clock and with very little search we found our Trunk and Valise all safe. We engaged a Cab or 2 Wheel Bus and were safely landed at our lodging home – namely the Montague Mansion at Russell Shoppe B. Museum. Being some what tired we thought we had better go to bed – we wrote letters home after which we retired.

TUESDAY, JULY 31ST, 1900 – LONDON, England

Miss Parlee of Moncton a fellow passenger on the Parisian and her friend Mrs. Robertson met us in the morning and the four of us started to do the city. The first place we visited was St. Paul’s Cathedral in which is the celebrated whispering gallery where by putting your ear to the wall you can hear quite distinctly a person whispering on the off side, a distance of feet. The Chapel of the Kings where many of the Kings and Queens of England and their families are entombed. Some under the stone floor and some in large stone vaults. A large quantity of statuary and memorials of different designed are on every side in memory of England’s illustrious dead. In the centre of the building under the centre of the dome is a large bronze or brass set in the floor under which we were told his the remains of Lord Nelson of Trafalgar. Tour and a short distance from this is a large circular stone under which lies the body of the Duke of Wellington, for details see guide. After looking through this, Minnie and Miss Parlee and Mrs. Robertson had a look at the fine shop windows on Regent Street where is displayed the

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most expensive goods and where all the highest buy their goods, paying it is said much higher prices for some articles then the same article of like quality can be purchased in other parts of London. While they were at this I went and found the High Commissioner Office, 17 Victoria Street, there presented letter of introduction to Lord Strathcona, kindly given to me by Love MacIntyre. I then registered my name and was very kindly and courteously received by Lord Strathcona, who offered to assist me in any way he could. From there I thought I would try by the assistance of the map I had with me to find my way to Messrs. Ranash Nephews & Co. to whom I had a letter of introduction from Messrs. Carvell Bros. of Charlottetown. With a little enquiry of a policeman I found the place all right at No. 6 East Cheap, St. George’s Building. I found them very kind there and took advantage of their offer of assistance to get some sterling exchange changed to gold. Some in English and some in French. I then got a cab and came to our lodging home, after which I sat down for a few minutes to write up my diary which had been neglected for a few days. I was not there long before Minnie and the other two ladies came. They having had dinner at a restaurant, they waited until I got my dinner after which we went to where we had a very nice entertainment ‘The Casino Girl’.


We went to the zoo logical gardens the morning was very wet and unpleasant – we saw a good many of the wonderful collection of animals and birds to be seen at that place but as the day was so wet we had to give it up. It cleared up in the afternoon and we went to the Crystal Palace – a very beautiful place and one that should not be missed by any person visiting London.


We visited Vero Gardens in the morning – the hot houses were closed but the gardens were very beautiful. Saw a park in which run a great many deer.

In the afternoon we went to Hampton Court which was build by Cardinal Woolsey and was occupied by Henry VIII and by Queen Elizabeth. Saw the bower or summer house in which it is said that Elizabeth had the clannish talks with Phillip of France. We also saw the celebration Grape Vine said to have been planted by George III and is now 132 years old and bears sometimes 2500 bunches of grapes. The building or lean in which the vine is cared for is in size I should say above 40 feet long about 25 feet wide – 2 foot part one side and 16 to 20 ft. high at the back. The roof is of glass, the trunk of the vine is about 4 ft. high and some of its branches are from 3 to 3 ˝ inches in diameter. The numerous branches large and small completely cover all the roof and this of itself is a sight truly worth seeing. The Hampton Garden and duck ponds are very beautiful. After spending several hours in this very old place we went back to London by the Steamer Queen Elizabeth going down the River Thames a distance of some 25 or 30 miles. This part of our Wednesday time was extremely enjoyable steaming down the river with its beautiful scenery on both sides – its handsome palaces. It is almost numberless pleasure steamers and boats of various design, the graceful swan to be seen on the river, altogether continued to make a sail on the Thames one never to be forgotten. We returned to our Lodging House quite late.

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We visited Westminster Abbey in the morning see guide. The afternoon the Queen’s Museum - saw 77 of her horses – harness worth $2000 per set – Her state Carriages also carriage of George III said to weigh 4 tons – all grand and beautiful. Spent some time on the streets after which we went to the Hippodrome and has a very fine entertainment.


Went to Earls Court in the morning, a very large establishment – stayed there most of the day.

After which we went to the Empire Theatre and saw some wonderful things.


I went with Mrs. Robertson and Miss Parolee to church at the Westminster Abbey. Minnie stayed at the Hotel and rested. In the afternoon went to the British Museum where we spent some time - over an hour and then went back to the Hotel to be well rested for Monday morning.


Took Cooks drive around London accompanied by Cooks guide, passed the Bow Street Church, Newgate Prison at Pauls Cathedral even the party went in and had a look around. We had been there before – did not go all over it again as any chance to rest weary feet was appreciated by us. Passed the Bank of England – The Mansion House and several other places of note. Went then to the Tower of London and were taken pretty much all through it. Went up the stairs under which at some previous time were discovered the bones of the two children princess who were cruelly put to death by order of the King being smothered between the pillows and bed clothes. See English History in Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum who we saw a representation of this cruel deed in wax works – there were the two lovely children sleeping comfortably one with his head resting on the shoulder of the other and the two foul murderers one each side of the bed just about to begin their cruel deed while the King a short distance away was standing with apparently devilish satisfaction to know that these boys heirs to the throne were about to be got rid of – We also went into the old Chapel said to be a thousand years old. We also saw the Crown Jewels and Crowns of former rulers.

We also saw here the armour and various kinds of weapons of war, ancient and modern – also various kinds of instruments of torture. General Wolfe’s clothes that he died in and Wellington and Nelsons clothes also. Then to Westminster Abbey and then to the British Museum and went over statuary and various other mementos of former days from all parts of the world, ancient writing, coins, poetry, earthen ware, tune pieces of various kinds and many other novelties too numerous to mention.

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Left London for Paris arriving there about 8 o’clock pm. On our arrival at Paris were glad to see Cooks Man to see us – sent to our Hotel where we rested for the night.


Took Cooks driver around Paris. Had a guide with only fair English.

First through the Tuileries Garden, a large field of gardens, statuary and fountains. A statue of Joan of Arc and several men of nobility. In this place formerly stood old palaces which had been taken down and the grounds beautified by gardens – statuary and fountains. Next to Church of St. Sulprice which has been in course of erection over 200 years and not yet completed. Then to the National Picture Gallery of pictures and statues, tapestry work, silk and wool woven. Then after lunch to foot works where we saw them make the tapestry which takes one days work to do 1 ˝ inches.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT August 8, went through the Exposition grounds and partly got the lay of them. Saw that night a colonial fete 8 or 9 of Frances Colonies represented by their various colonial dress – Madagascar, Siam, Donegal, Algeria.

We did not think it was a very big showing. I thought if Great Britain were to display a colony fete that it would be done on a much larger scale and a great many more than 6 or 7 colonies would be represented. It is very gratifying to know that France now rules over but few colonies as without a doubt English rule is much better for peoples of every cline and tongue than the French rule. From any standpoint one may view it. After spending about 3 hours we set to our Hotel.


Went to the Exposition Grounds and stayed there all day. Went into the manufacturing buildings, where was exhibited the manufactures of dry goods from all nations in the world. Manifests of various articles on the grounds. Then to a building where were exhibited chemicals, surgical instruments are on display. Went to W.S. Weather Bureau and English pavilion – also into the building various kinds of machinery, steam, electric and other means of power were shown. Took a half hours ride on the moving sidewalk – also into a building showing the products of the Cheese from various parts of the world. Visited the Norway building where was shown fishing nets, fishing supplies and samples of fish fishing boats – oils from different kinds of fish, canned goods, models of fishing villages, homes of the people of Norway – all quite interesting. Then to Sweden something similar with sleighs, boots, socks, mitts, skates, etc.

FRIDAY (Aug. 10th) took Cooks driver – went to Versailles – passed through triumphal arch on the way. This was where the Germans made their triumphal march on Paris in 1871.

Then farther on we were shown the building that Napoleon used to keep his horses, then on to a very high ground where formerly stood a palace of Royalty but had been removed. It was these ground our guide said Napoleon became Great and Napoleon then became small, from this

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ground is seen a magnificent view of Paris a short distance from us. From there we were taken to lunch where we were charged 4 francs each for lunch equal to 80 cents each. We felt at this point that the French knew how to fleece when they got the chance. From our lunch room we went to an old Royal Palace where we were shown the different rooms occupied by Ancient Kings of France. We went under the arch that William I was crowned Emperor of Germany. Different rooms and bedrooms of Louis XVI. His bedroom and the actual bed in which he slept. All the old furniture well preserved and taken care of. The various rooms in this old Palace were grandly, beautiful decorated with pictures of War Scenes – sculptor and everything to make the place beautiful – ball room – reception rooms and their church which is still in use. We did not go half through this ancient building but as our time was going our guide hurried us away.

Before leaving – my notes on this spot – I must say the high grounds on which the old palace stands was artificial. Standing and looking as far as the eye can reach away down a long valley with a long narrow lake with green lawns on both sides. This long lake and lawns on either side were made by taking the excavation and filling them up to make the high ground. The whole surrounding is grandly picturesque – the work on these grounds, etc. cost $15000.000 francs. After this we returned to the city – on the way we stopped at a restaurant where some of our party took Tea, but we took soda water but it was a mean bitter drink.

Friday night went to see the grand fete and fire works on both sides the River Seine in the Exposition grounds in honour of the Shah of Persia. The illumination was perfectly magnificent. We went back to our Hotel, reached there shortly after 12 o’clock.


Went to the Exposition grounds and went along on the opposite side of the river to where we were before. We went into the WS pavilion and got directions to find the Canada building. After some little search we found it, not in a very prominent place. The Exhibits from Canada were all very nice, what there was of them, but the whole of Canada’s Exhibit was to my mind by no means as extensive as it should have been. We saw a fair showing of Minerals of different kinds from British Columbia to the North West and some from Ontario, but did not see any coal from Nova Scotia. A very fair showing of grains, peas, beans and other farm produce. A very small exhibit of a few overgrown potatoes, apples were showing to poor advantage being apparently decaying and shrivelled. Saw two nice exhibits of stoves – one from (Record Co.??) Rexton Co. N.B. the other the McLeary Co., Ontario. The showing of ?? The products of the forest , i.e. was very good, organs, pianos, canned goods.

Manufacture in clothes were fairly good but meagre compared with others. The only article we saw from P.E.I. was one cheese. The Cheese Exhibit was poor as they were all very black on the outside. I think whoever had charge of hunting up and preparing Canadian goods for Exhibit in the Worlds Exhibition of 1900 did not do Canada the justice she deserves.

We then went into the India building, the principal point of interest in this building was the beautiful wood carving. On the furniture, pianos, i.e. boxes and necklaces of various kinds.

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Printing on silk – teas, nuts and various products. Then to Ceylon, something similar to the India besides earthenware in various styles, samples of images used as gods, i.e.

Japan – no admittance.

We then crossed over the river and went between the palaces leading from the Alex Bridge in the direction of home for the invalids intending to visit the tomb of Napoleon but finding we would be outside the Exhibition grounds which would cause us a very long walk to Hotel – we decided to retrace our steps and keep within the grounds and thus take the nearest route to our Hotel.


We took a walk through the (left blank) and then on toward the direction of the Tomb of Napoleon, as we had been directed. Being without the French language we could find little or no assistance from any person we would meet. Finally, after some little effort we came to the entrance to the grounds and asking the man at the gate if he had English, he said ‘no’, but he called for a guide that could speak English. This guide took us into the Church of St. Louis and he first showed us an array of old flags suspended in the arched ceiling of the Church. These flags were tattered and worn but the French prized them very much as they had been all taken in battle at various stages of French history. Our guide was particularly fond of showing us flags they captured from Germany. He then took us through the building; the chief point of interest was the Tomb of Napoleon with a black marble base and red and brown marble on granite sides and tops – very rich looking. The tomb was in a circular vault about 10 or 12 feet deep. This circular space or crypt being surrounded with beautiful polished marble. The walls of which from where we stood was about 4 ˝ feet high. Our guide told us the marble was given by the King of Russia and cost 3,000,000 francs. We also saw the tomb of several other notable French generals, i.c. After leaving the church we took our lunch and then worked our way back to the Hotel. After supper we took a drive through the Boulevards. This closed up our sight seeing in Paris.


Took the train at 10 o’clock for London and arrived at Dieppe at 1:15. Left Dieppe shortly after and arrived at New Haven at 5 o’clock after a lovely smooth passage. The water was like ice and the steamer was loaded with passengers. There must have been from 3 to 400 persons on the boat – arrived in London at 7:30 o’clock p.m.


Went to Renacks Nephews & Co. to get some sterling ex cashed to which was very readily done for me. We then went to Graves Art Gallery where we saw some thrilling and interesting pictures of scenes in the Transvaal War.

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Left London at 10:05 a.m. for Manchester arriving about 3 o’clock or rather at our Hotel about 4 o’clock. Too late to do any business that day.

I got a directory in the Hotel and looked up some names among which I found Rylands & Sons where I decided to place our order for dry goods. After getting something to eat I took a walk to find the place which I did without any trouble. Then I returned to the Hotel and retired.


We went to Rylands and after waiting a short time we found Mr. Tetlow to whom we had an introduction from Messrs Stanley Br . He appeared glad to see us and he took and introduced me to the Manager. Having a reference from the Merchants Bank I showed that and also named Carvell Bros and others if they wished but he stopped me and said that was all right.

Then Mr. Tettow took charge of us and took us to the different departments that had such goods as I wanted to buy.

We spent all Thursday and part of Friday going through this immense establishment. They employ in all their works between stores, mills and mines 12,000 people. And their annual profits are $1,000.000 per year. They seem to carry everything in dry goods, both staples and fancy.


We went to Alexander Park – a very nice neatly laid off park suitable for promenading and enjoying an evenings outing.


In the forenoon wrote letters home and the afternoon being wet we did not go out until the evening. We took a short walk.


We were pretty tired and did not go out in the evening. We went to the Eng Church Cathedral where we listened to a sermon preached in behalf of the care of horses on the battle field. He took his text from Roman 13 "put on Jesus Christ" though an odd subject it was rather interesting and the speaker made fitting application of the text to our daily life.


Left Manchester for Glasgow at 10 a.m. – arriving in Glasgow at about 4:30 and are now settled at the Cockburn Hotel.

Having been directed by the Porter at Deansgate Hotel to the Waverly Hotel, Glasgow, we directed our Cabman to take us there but on arriving found the Hotel so over crowded they could not take us. The porter directed us to the Cockburn Hotel. Arriving there at about 4:30 p.m.

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raining quite hard on account of the rain we could not do any more than rest ourselves for the rest of the day.


The first place we went was to Georges Square which is not a very large square but quite a nice resort for persons desiring a little rest and fresh air.

Here we saw Monuments of James Watt, Robert Burns, Thomas Campbell and Chalmers and a few others. We did not take the names of at one end of the square was a Bronze Statue of Queen Victoria on a Black Horse and the same of Prince Consort at the other end of the square.

The buildings on these sides of this square are magnificent structures – one the General Post Office

We then went to Kelvin Grove Park – not a very esteem place but very beautiful. Nice walks and flower plots all through it. A very nice fountain on one side of this park or very much higher grounds stands – magnificent private residences – while a little distance from the park on the opposite side buildings were in course erections preparing for an exhibition to be held in 1901.

Leaving these grounds a short walk to a restaurant in Charring Cross where we obtained a very nice lunch. After coming out of this place it was raining so hard that we were forced to give it up. So we found our way back to our Hotel. It cleared up in the evening and we went out to Alexander Park. A beautiful place of resort where band music is given very often and where young ladies and gentlemen gather for games of different kinds and where the tired citizens gather for a season of repose. The park being closed at 8 o’clock. We went on our way again to our Hotel.


Wednesday morning weather not promising but we were determined to go ahead sight seeing. We started first thing for The Glasgow Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in Scotland there the celebrated John Knox had preached. This cathedral was partially destroyed during the wars of the past and particularly the time of the reformation. The steeple was not destroyed and is the only part that was left un-destroyed. The rest of the building has been repaired from time to time.

Here we saw a celebrated bell which had tolled for 300 years with the following inscription printed on as follows:

"Various memorial slabs to see memo and from this cathedral we went to the Necropolis a famous old burial ground on a very high hill. The principal monument being that of the Rev. John Knox – here also lies the remains of very many celebrated men of Scottish history. Weather raining heavily. From here we went to a restaurant and had a lunch after which we

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went to the Botanic Gardens. A large park with a stream of water in which were a numerous variety of fowl including white and black swans, various species of ducks, geese, water hens, etc., beautiful walks and flower plots also numerous hot houses containing flowers and plants of almost every description. One species of plant life most worthy of note is the great quantity of various kinds of ferns including fern trees from Australia, Africa, India and other parts of the world. Some of these trees were 8 to 10 feet high with leaves 6 to 8 feet long. A perfect straw and a great novelty to a Prince Edward Islands.

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