Saunterings eBook

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And straightway the fawning-innkeeper returns to us, professing, with his butter-lips, the greatest admiration of all Americans, and the intensest anxiety to serve them, and all for pure good-will.  The English are even more bloodthirsty at sight of a travelere than the Swiss, and twice as obsequious.  But to return to our American.  He had all the railway timetables that he could procure; and he was busily studying them, with the design of “getting on.”  I heard him say to his companions, as he ransacked his pockets, that he was a mass of hotel-bills and timetables.  He confided to me afterward, that his wife and her friend had got it into their heads that they must go both to Vienna and Berlin.  Was Berlin much out of the way in going from Vienna to Paris?  He said they told him it was n’t.  At any rate, he must get round at such a date:  he had no time to spare.  Then, besides the slowness of getting on, there were the trunks.  He lost a trunk in Switzerland, and consumed a whole day in looking it up.  While the steamboat lay at the wharf at Rorschach, two stout porters came on board, and shouldered his baggage to take it ashore.  To his remonstrances in English they paid no heed; and it was some time before they could be made to understand that the trunks were to go on to Lindau.  “There,” said he, “I should have lost my trunks.  Nobody understands what I tell them:  I can’t get any information.”  Especially was he unable to get any information as to how to “get on.”  I confess that the restless American almost put me into a fidget, and revived the American desire to “get on,” to take the fast trains, make all the connections,—­in short, in the handsome language of the great West, to “put her through.”  When I last saw our traveler, he was getting his luggage through the custom-house, still undecided whether to push on that night at eleven o’clock.  But I forgot all about him and his hurry when, shortly after, we sat at the table-d’hote at the hotel, and the sedate Germans lit their cigars, some of them before they had finished eating, and sat smoking as if there were plenty of leisure for everything in this world.


After a slow ride, of nearly eight hours, in what, in Germany, is called an express train, through a rain and clouds that hid from our view the Tyrol and the Swabian mountains, over a rolling, pleasant country, past pretty little railway station-houses, covered with vines, gay with flowers in the windows, and surrounded with beds of flowers, past switchmen in flaming scarlet jackets, who stand at the switches and raise the hand to the temple, and keep it there, in a military salute, as we go by, we come into old Augsburg, whose Confession is not so fresh in our minds as it ought to be.  Portions of the ancient wall remain, and many of the towers; and there are archways, picturesquely opening from street to street, under several of which we drive on our way to the Three Moors, a stately hostelry and one of the oldest in Germany.

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