SAILS PROM KOBE. 247 The notebooks kept by Mr. N eesima during his journey reveal the variety of his interests. They are filled with historical notes, statistics, and memoranda of conversations with those to whom he had letters of introduction. He everywhere inspected the schools and colleges, recorded in detail their methods and results, and made plans of the buildings and appa~ ratus. He describes minutely the architecture, agri~ culture, and manufactures of the localities he visited, and nearly every page contains drawings of the pro~ cesses and implements described, or sketches from na­ture. It is the journal of a man of keen observation and wide sympathy, but of one more anxious to learn than to criticise. The following extracts are taken from its pages and from letters written by the way:~ April 6. Left Kyoto on the 5th inst. The whole school and other friends, including the members of three churches, came to the station to see me off. It was a great trial for me to leave home, and especially my aged parents (both of them now 78 years of age), my dear wife, and our school, to which I am so much attached. My wife accompanied me to the SS. Khiva in the harbor of Kobe. I committed her to the care of Our Father, on whom she can rely far better than upon myself. April 7. Prayer for theological students. We passed through the Straits of Shimonoseki at 5.30. The weather was fair and I was not sick at all. April 8. Prayer for the fifth year class. We ar~ rived at Nagasaki at 6.30 A. 111. It is an excellent shelter for ships. The only defect of the harbor is its shallowness. The scenery from the steamer is fine. The harbor is surrounded by mountains, and