ON THE PACIFIC. 177 cisco. He is lying there day and night, and has scarcely taken anything except that deadly poison. I have not formed any special acquaintances among the passengers beside our missionary friends except a German doctor who is going to be a professor in the Imperial Medical School at Yedo, and to whom I give Japanese lessons every day. Our missionaries are obliged to suspend its study on account of seasickness. The sea has lately been very rough; even I who pro· fessed to be a good sailor have been ill this week on account of the unceasing up and down motions. I have read through Eitel's Lectures on Buddhism and some other books, and am intending to write a J ap· anese sermon. I have observed among the passengers that they form different societies. The smokers go together as they were real and congenial friends, and so do the drinkers. The Germans get up a beer party every evening, and so do the English their rum party. Here is one gentleman, who leans on anum­brella wherever he goes, who is intending simply to go round the world before he dies. This is his ambi­tion. He was in Egypt, Palestine, Austria, and Switzerland last year, but has not much idea of these countries. I asked him of Cairo and Alexandria. He replied, "0, they are very large cities." A Cali· fornia lady who is going to China and Japan with her little (but very obstinate) girl, on account of consump· tive tendency, looks pretty vain. She walks on deck like a queen, and her little daughter goes likewise with a royal atmosphere. A fat English gentleman appears always smoking; he is perfectly satisfied with his pipe. Here are two young unman·ied ladies. They are not afraid to speak with any one. A number of young fellows ~e anxious to wait on them,