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Chapter 6.62 Albany to Niagara (continued)

Continued from 6.51- seats – mahogany mouldings -- handsome lamps – books -- rocking chairs -- and indeed everything to make one comfortable.  The canal passes prettily through the city, and the shops and streets being lighted, had a very enlivening effect.  (we were cheered by a band that remained on “the top” for half an hour – Pretty good music)  We sat on deck for half an hour – soon after our cots were arranged, and we were not crowded, got a good night’s rest.

(Saturday, 9 th).  All rung up at 6 ½ -- (I believe everything goes on in this country by the sound of a bell.)  This part of the Erie Canal runs through rather a tame country – not nearly so undulating as about the Hudson, or on that part between Schenectady, and Rochester.  Many pretty villages starting up.  Brockport – Middleport -- etc.  Reached Lockport at 11 o’clock.  Nothing very pretty here.  (At least as for as we went, for we did not go into the town of Lockport, neither did we pass through many of the ½ dozen or more excellent locks in the neighbourhood, but took cars at the lowest ones.)  Took our seats in a car, which was waiting only for our boat, and off we were without loss of time. 

The change, quite agreeable -  This was one of the swiftest trains – indeed there is for 10 or 12 miles a gradual but perceptible rising of the whole country, which soon accounted for the comparative slowness of the cars.  Stopped for 5 minutes at two villages – Asked at youngster, who...continues on 6.63