At noon we are East of Smoky Cape in a South-Western direction and hope to arrive the next morning at Sydney. Everyone on board has been looking forward to spend the next ten days on the mainland. This delay was the minimum necessary to clean the machines and the boilers.
Everyone is filled with hope both hidden and openly expressed that in Sydney the long missed messages from home will be waiting for us. A real hunger for news has taken possession of us who has lately had to endure postal deprivation. In India already some of the expected mail had not been delivered and the same fate struck us in Singapore and Batavia. In order to not create any arrears of correspondence, by the way, and in forethought that we would have a rich, time-consuming program we devoted time to complete the letters intended to be sent home. Thus we want to start our journey on the Australian mainland by sending out greetings to our dear old continent.
END OF VOLUME I.