"how long ago it seems centuries of course they never came back and she didnt put her address right on it either she may have noticed her wogger people were always going away and we never" (U18.666)
"I remember that day with the waves and the boats with their high heads rocking and the smell of ship those Officers uniforms on shore leave made me seasick he didnt say anything he was very serious I had the high buttoned boots on and my skirt was blowing she kissed me six or seven times didnt I cry yes I believe I did or near it my lips were taittering when I said goodbye" (U18.668)
she had a Gorgeous wrap of some special kind of blue color on her for the voyage made very peculiarly to one side like and it was extremely pretty" (U18.674)
"it got as dull as the devil after they went I was almost planning to run away mad out of it somewhere were never easy where we are father or aunt or marriage waiting always waiting to guiiiide him toooo me waiting nor speeeed his flying feet" (U18.676)
"their damn guns bursting and booming all over the shop especially the Queens birthday and throwing everything down in all directions if you didnt open the windows" (U18.679)
"when general Ulysses Grant whoever he was or did supposed to be some great fellow landed off the ship" (U18.681)
Ulysses S. Grant (1822 - 1885) was the 18th USA president. Just after leaving the White House in March 1877, he embarked on an unprecedented journey for an American statesman. He was then probably the most famous American in the world. With a small party, he traveled from May 1877 to September 1879. After a leg of the trip that included Gibraltar, Spain, Portugal, Paris and London, Grant visited Ireland (the 21st country on his itinerary) before heading for India and the Far East.
"and old Sprague the consul that was there from before the flood dressed up poor man and he in mourning for the son then the same old bugles for reveille in the morning and drums rolling and the unfortunate poor devils of soldiers walking about with messtins smelling the place" (U18.683)
"more than the old longbearded jews in their jellibees and levites assembly and sound clear and gunfire for the men and to cross the lines and the warden marching with his keys" (U18.687)
"to lock the gates" (U18.689)
The sender of this PC (1906) writes: "The fortifications of Gibraltar are massive."
This PC shows the Frontier Gates and Police Hut.
This PC shows the Land Port Gate.
"and the bagpipes and only captain Groves and father talking about Rorkes drift and Plevna and sir Garnet Wolseley" (U18.689)
"and Gordon at Khartoum" (U18.691)
"lighting their pipes for them everytime they went out drunken old devil with his grog on the windowsill catch him leaving any of it picking his nose trying to think of some other dirty story to tell up in a corner" (18.691)
"but he never forgot himself when I was there sending me out of the room on some blind excuse paying his compliments the Bushmills whisky talking of course but hed do the same to the next woman that came along I suppose he died of galloping drink ages ago" (U18.694)
"the days like years not a letter from a living soul except the odd few I posted to myself with bits of paper in them so bored sometimes" (U18.698)