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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 82, June 12, 1855

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Identifier: DX03873823

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 82, June 12, 1855

Description: Describes his arrival in Dieppe, France.

Transcription:

tall cross is seen on one of the quays, many quaint old houses; and pretty numerous and very picturesque crowd await our debarkation. Every second man is a soldier, every soldier a little man with fierce moustachios, a cocked hat, trousers resembling collapsed balloons, and hands in pockets. Fishermen, and fishwomen are there, the former red capped, and highbooted, with sturdy or grizzled Gallic phiziognomy, the latter with high white caps, shortish skirts, and sometimes sabots, sometimes bare feet. We are surrounded by an atmosphere of French dialect, everybody talks and gesticulates. After ten minutes row about a sixpenny swindle denominated "stewards fee" (which we had to pay after taking its value out of the swindlers, in revilement,) we go ashore, exhibit passport, and are cast forth into a sea of excited French touters. With a gentlemanly young Swiss, (who has been our fellow voyager) we proceed to the Railroad depot, and learn that we have three hours at our own disposal. Strolling therefore about the old, old streets, with their queerly roofed houses, over the cobble stones, we first look in at a Church wherein are a number of girls and a priest performing service after a style immediately reminding me of the Ojibwas at La Pointe, Lake Superior; and then to a handsome Cafe, fronting the quay. Its interior, with mirrors, little tables, and stylish fittings-up looked very New Yorkish to my eyes; its waiter had his hair out in the latest French style, — a la Lunatic Asylum. A dame di comptoir sat on a little dais, smiling affably on well-bearded and moustached customers, who played cards or dominoes with the accompaniments of cafe and petit verres of cognac. Refreshing ourselves with the same, we resumed our stroll, towards the extremity of a pier,

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1855-06-12

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: French
Indians of North America
Ojibwa Indians
Religion
Restaurants
Clothing and dress
Diaries
Travel

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