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From the Clyde to California
With jottings by the way by James Aitken (1882)


A REASON is generally given for the publication of a book. The reason for the appearance of the present volume cannot be better expressed than in the following extract from one among the many, communications received:

"I cannot refrain from telling you how very greatly I am enjoying the account of, I am told, your tour in America that is appearing in the 'Greenock Herald,'... and I write to express not only thanks but a strong hope that you will publish your letters in a collected form by and by. I have been under the impression that I read more of American travels, newspapers, etc., than most folks, and was conceited enough to think myself-well posted up about a country which in some respects is more worthy of imitation than we are disposed generally to admit; but before your letters are done, I will have added to my knowledge a great many side lights of a very interesting kind."

In compliance with many requests of a like nature, the papers have been handed over to the publishers, who have kindly undertaken their issue in the present form;. and if they add some information, however little, of a great country and a great people so closely allied to us in bonds of friendship and race, it will be a source of pleasure and gratification to the writer.


Chapter I.—Queenstown—Sandy Hook—Montreal---Quebec
Chapter II.—Toronto—Niagara Falls—Buffalo
Chapter IIl—Akron —Chicago —Ogden —Salt Lake City
Chapter IV.—Corinne—The Great American Desert
Chapter V.—Sacramento—Omaha—San Francisco
Chapter VI.—China Town—Oakland
Chapter VII.—Car Life—The Duke of Sutherland's Opinion of American Railroads— Chicago
Chapter VIII.—The Union Stock-Yards—Water Works on a Gigantic Scale—Boston
Chapter IX.—Cotton Manufacture in America—New York—Rochester
Chapter X.—Home Journey—Parting Words to Pleasure-Seekers and Farmers— Conclusion


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