By Robert Louis Stevenson
The distinguished Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson prepared for his pal the paintings historian Sidney Colvin to choose and organise the essays during this quantity, lots of which had initially seemed in 1888, notwithstanding a few date again to the early Eighties. It used to be released in 1892, years ahead of Stevenson's premature loss of life. Colvin received a number of the items from their unique publishers, together with magazines equivalent to Fraser's, Longman's, The journal of paintings and Scribner's. what's rather noteworthy approximately this assortment is that even though Stevenson had settled within the South Seas good prior to it seemed, all of the goods integrated have been written ahead of his trip there. Colvin mentions that the concluding items specifically have been written in the course of a interval of substantial gloom and illness for Stevenson, who himself claimed to 'recover peace of physique and brain' after relocating to the Pacific in 1890.
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I can safely say, I have never been so dogtired as that night in Chicago. When it was time to start, I descended the platform like a man in a dream. It was a long train, lighted from end to end ; and car after car, as I came up with it, was not only filled but overflowing. My valise, my knapsack, my rug, with those six ponderous tomes of Bancroft, weighed me double ; I was hot, feverish, painfully athirst ; and there was a great darkness over me, an 20 Across the Plains internal darkness, not to be dispelled by gas.
But, alas! it is not these things that are necessary—it is only Homer. Here also we are grateful to the train, as to some god who conducts us swiftly through these shades and by so many hidden perils. Thirst, hunger, the sleight and ferocity of Indians are all no more feared, so lightly do we skim these horrible lands ; as the gull, who wings safely through the hurricane and past the shark. Yet we should not be forgetful of these hardships of the past; and to keep the balance true, since I have complained of the trifling discomforts of my journey, perhaps more than was enough, let me add an original document.
I felt chagrined ; but my fatigue was too crushing for delay, and, stretching myself as far as that, was possible upon the bench, I was received at once into a dreamless stupor. The little German gentleman was only going a little way into the suburbs after a diner fin, and was bent on entertainment while the journey lasted. Having failed with me, he pitched next upon another emigrant, who had come through from Canada, and was not one jot less weary than myself. Nay, even in a natural state, as I found next morning when we scraped acquaintance, he was a heavy, uncommunicative man.