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and no one would leave Liverpool without his belongings. We
were compelled to go aboard the City of Baltimore and Mr. Lyon
assured us that our effects would be located and shipped to New
York. Just as the Atlantic steamer was lifting its anchor, however,
we saw a small boat darting out between the larger ships and
approach our steamer at high speed. All eyes were fixed on the
little boat and as it came closer we recognized Mr. Lyon in the
bow waving with an object in his hand. In a few minutes it was
alongside and soon everything was on board and the City of Bal-
timore was gliding out of Liverpool harbor on the afternoon of
June 2oth with about one thousand passengers and a crew of one
About the city of Liverpool there is not much to tell as I saw
only a little and that did not make a good impression. One saw
ragged, halfnaked and dirty streetboys by the hundreds, large
grey houses and filthy streets and alleys. But it was a trip to
America which I was to write about, not about cities and scenery
so we return to the City of Baltimore.
As already stated, the anchor was lifted and our course was
steered to Ireland where a large number of sons and daughters
of the "Emerald Isle" came aboard. Then our course was west-
ward and we were soon again in the Atlantic Ocean. The weather
was beautiful, the sea was calm and the City of Baltimore made
good headway. The food was good and the treatment by the
officers and the crew, all one could desire.
Occupation aboard varied greatly. Many read and sang songs
while others danced to the music of an accordion, others engaged
in finger pulling and wrestling and many other pastimes were
devised, more than I can name. The weather was beautiful the
whole time we were in the Atlantic and the days were all alike.
On the morning of June 29th the lookout shouted "land."
There was a terrific rush to get up on deck as all wanted the
first sight of the shores of our future homeland. Soon we could
see the Goddess of Liberty. As we approached at good speed we
could clearly see her as she stood with the torch extended as if
to welcome us. Now we are directly in front. The City of Balti-
'Swenson has obviously substituted a later incident for the 1867 trip as the
Statue of Liberty was shipped from France in 1885 and unveiled in 1886. This
confusion of incidents would seem to be perfectly understandable.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101173/. Accessed March 26, 2015.