excerpt from 'Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands' pp. 9; 22 (253 words)

excerpt from 'Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands' pp. 9; 22 (253 words)

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Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands

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Early in [1850] my brother [Edward] had left Kingston [Jamaica] for the Isthmus of Panama, then the great high-road to and from golden California, where he had established a considerable store and hotel [The Independent Hotel]. Ever since he had done so, I had found some difficulty in checking my reviving disposition to roam, and at last persuading myself that I might be of use to him (he was far from strong), I resigned my house into the hands of a cousin, and made arrangements to journey […]

 

 [Seacole eventually arrives after a long, arduous journey] 

 

After dinner the store soon cleared. Gambling was a great attraction; but my brother, dreading its consequences with these hot-brained armed men, allowed none to take place in his hotel. So some lounged away to the faro and monte tables, which were doing a busy trade; others loitered in the verandah, smoking, and looking at the native women, who sang and danced fandangos before them. The whole of the dirty, woe-begone place, which had looked so wretched by the light of day, was brilliantly illuminated now. Night would bring no rest to Cruces, while the crowds were there to be fed, cheated, or amused. Daybreak would find the faro-tables, with their piles of silver and little heaps of gold-dust, still surrounded by haggard gamblers; daybreak would gleam sickly upon the tawdry finery of the poor Spanish singers and dancers, whose weary night’s work would enable them to live upon the travellers’ bounty for the next week or so. 

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