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FROM EDINBURGH TO INDIA AND BURMAH
not adopt Spanish dancing! I am quite sure it is the
secret of the Andalusian's poise and walk.
There is a very distinct swell, and people say it will
blow in the Gulf of Lyons, and think they had better have
gone overland to Marseilles. We pass the Balearic Isles,
and at the distance they much resemble other islands.
Before lunch we saw an extraordinary marine effect
Along the coast the blue sea appeared to be covered with a
veil or mist of grass green colour, the green of a duck pond ;
beyond it the coast was distinct, distant I should say
about eighteen miles. We could see upper-top-sails and
the peaks of lateen sails beyond the hat bank of green,
which seemed to begin a few miles from the shore and
spread over the sea's surface several miles west and east.
What made me think it was an effect of colour above
water, not in it, was that with glasses I could distinctly
see the blne backs of the swell coming through it. No one
I have met has ever seen the like, but one of-the officers
was asked what it was, and he said "Water."
In the afternoon we had two interesting shows on
board, A bell rang, and a waiter who was bringing us tea
turned tail and fled-it was a fire alarm i It was pretty
the way every man in the ship's company jumped to fire-
stations; hose pipes were down and connected, and pumps
manned very quickly, and bar a little talk amongst the
lascars, which was immediately stopped, everything was
done in silence-bravo, British discipline! All the iron
doors were shut and bolted, the inspection followed, and
that done,away went everyone, quickly and silently, to
boat-stations. All this rehearsal only took about half-an-
hour or less, then the tea. came.
Another entertaimnent followed--a dummy dinner..
Fifty waiters, all young men, about half white and half
Indian, took their posts at the tables up the side of the
saloon and down the middle. A tap on a gong and away
they all streamed to the entran~es to the saloon, to port.
and starboard service tables at the kitchen, where they