[Sept. 3, 1905]
children, handsome boys, handsome girls, well-made, well-featured, a hearty independent air of content, well-fed, rosy-cheeked; - all this whether dressed in rags (as many of them are) or in fine cloth. Never saw I such happy children, always laughing, playing, singing, never at lack.
Again: Never saw I so many drunken men and women as on Edinburgh High Street and South Bridge on Saturday night. Women throwing vile language at each other in the street, etc. The curse of Scotland is strong drink. The other extreme showed the next day-Sunday. Never in all my travels saw I a town closed up so tight as Edinburgh on Sunday. Not
Sept. 3, 1905
a Public House open, not a shop of any sort, not even a restaurant. Late in the day I found one or two small places open, offering "fish-suppers" at 2d. Fried fish of some sort-very good it was too! - and as many French fried potatoes as would go in a small plate. Nor were the places of public instruction and amusement open, such as the National Gallery.
Edinburgh Castle offers a splendid view of the city-of natural and man-wrought scenery. St. Margaret's Chapel is a curious primitively built Norman structure. In the Old Palace, next to the old Scottish Parliament House, is a room where the old Scottish regalia is shown (see Black's Guide to Scotland) and