Left England from Liverpool, on May 9th, in one of Messrs. Elder, Dempster Co.'s mail boats, the Glenda, which was to take me to the West Coast of Africa. It was typical English weather when we left — cold and wet, and it was not until five days later that we got into anything approaching warmth and sunshine. During those five cold days I realized that the Elder, Dempster boats were noted for many things, their size is small, their accommodation limited, the food is horrible, and the speed of these mail boats would always ensure an excellent race with an ordinary snail. Our first port of call was Sierra Leone which we reached on May arst, disembarking a few passengers and taking on board a great number of natives for destinations further down the coast. We did not stay many hours there, and left in the afternoon, and proceeded down the.