Address Delivered by A. A. Low, Esq.
Excerpt from Address Delivered by A. A. Low, Esq.: Before Members of the Chamber of Commerce; At the Fifth Avenue Hotel, New-York, October 8th, 1867 To correct misapprehension - to moderate expectation, and to satisfy the wish of any who would be informed on these points, let me briefly sketch the story of my journey, and show how much time was spent on the sea, how much on the land, and how much in passing from place to place, in a hurried tour of five months prior to my landing in Sicily. With your permission I will speak in the plural number - as I may properly do - for my wife and son were my companions during the whole journey; the other members of my family meeting us in Europe, and all returning home together. On the first of December last, we embarked in the "Ocean Queen," Captain Grey, and after eight days passage, landed at Aspinwall on the ninth. There we spent the night, being hospitably entertained by Mr. Parker, Superintendent of the Panama Rail-Road Company. From Aspinwall to Panama we were five hours, arriving at 12 M. Our stay in this ancient city was short, but long enough; and, at three o'clock, we were on our way to the "Golden Age," Captain Lapidge, which sailed at six P. M. of the tenth for San Francisco. After touching at Acapulco and Manzanilla, and putting into Monterey because of bad weather, we entered the "Golden Gate" on Christmas day; our whole voyage from New-York thus occupying twenty-four days. It was made in twenty by the "Henry Chauncey" and "Golden City," with the passengers for the "Colorado," that left New-York on the eleventh. In sailing ten days earlier, we had hoped for an opportunity to see something of California - possibly to reach "the great trees," to look upon one or more of its inland towns and rich valleys - and to obtain a glance of its auriferous mountains. But all access to the interior was denied us by the heavy rains which had flooded the country - seven inches of water falling in a single day just before our arrival. We had time, however, to see the great city of the West, with its doors wide open to the vast population of China and Japan; as, on the Eastern seaboard, our own are to the teeming millions of Europe. Conjecture is lost in the attempt to estimate the effect Chinese emigration is destined to exert on the growth of this flourishing State. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.