Journal 41 Page 1 May 01, 1870
         

[Written on the inside front cover of this journal:]

Tortoise Shells [?] Taurent (?)

4 Rue du Bailly corner of Turbigo. [?]

Mariahil firstrasse 115 Vienna-Grover & Baker Map.

Woman's Board of Missions. (Mrs. Clark-) Accounts of the Girl's School at Eskigaghra [?]

Almanach de Gotha.

splendid place for dinner (according to Mr Tompkins)

Passage de la Madelaine Hotel Lartesian. Table d'ho'te at 3 1/2 fr. Hotel L'Athenees Paris, very highly spoken of.

Rue [?] des Vaches (Paris.)

Scotch Songs (London.)

No. 17 of European Notes.

May 1, 1870

Steamer Orient, en route for Vienna.

A curious May Day. Rose late-had the usual cup of coffee & biscuit. Then read up in "L'Orient" (most admirable of Guide Books) the last two or three nations through which we have passed. Then read Byron, wrote a letter or two-breakfasted at eleven or twelve o'clock & dined at seven P.M.-a most absurd division of time. The only event of the day worthy of record was the touching of our steamer at Widdin a Turkish town in Bulgaria & five minutes later our crossing to Kalafat a Wallachian village nearly opposite. It was the most sudden transition I ever saw, the most striking antithesis being afforded by the aspects of human life in the two towns. In the first-the veiled women broad as long, by reason of their wind-puffed outer garments, in the second a picturesque costume European in its general features, but brightened in color & leaving the limbs free & figure distinctly outlined-in as striking contrast to the baggy outline of the Turkish women as was the free step & erect figure of the Wallachians with the heavy, waddling gait of their encumbered Moslem sisters across the water. In Widdin, the women standing apart, in a menial attitude, the foreground occupied by thier lords in red fez, sashed waist & voluminous trousers;-in Kalafat men & women were dancing in a group equally pleasing & picturesque,-around a May pole, possibly, I could not discover as to that, but it is not unlikely. At Widdin the women in their place apart & the men & boys who had climbed upon a huge coal-heap to stare at us, squatted as is the Moslem custom-I wonder if their frequent