connected by folding doors with the public cabin, and rarely occu¬
pied except by invalids and persons of distinction, may be
engaged for a sum equal to sixteen times the cabin-fare. The
second class is frequented by the ordinary travelling community,
who are free to any part of the deck.
Passengers failing to take tickets before embarking should
obtain them from the conductor immediately on going on board;
otherwise they may be compelled to pay the fare from the steamer's
first point of departure.
Each passenger is allowed 100 lbs. of luggage free, for which
he must either be responsible himself, or have its safe custody
ensured on board at the following charges :
From Mannheim to Cologne : 3 Sgr. for each trunk,
2 ,, for a travelling-bag,
1 „ for a hat-box;
for shorter distances , as from Mannheim to Coblenz, or from Co¬
blenz to Cologne, half the above charges. In case of loss the
following compensation is given: for a trunk 30 Thlr., travelling-
bag 10 Thlr., hat-box 5 Thlr.
Passengers provided with tickets of the value of 20 Sgr. and
upwards are at liberty to break their journey, provided they signify
their intention to the conductor before he collects the tickets.
Should the journey be resumed at a station nearer the passenger's
destination than that at which he disembarked, the ticket ceases
to be valid for the intervening stations.
In autumn the punctuality of the steamers is not to be relied
on in consequence of the fogs which then prevail, and travellers are
frequently subjected to a vexatious detention. Should the steamer
be more than three hours behind time, the fare may be reclaimed.
Refreshments are provided on board the steamers. As the
tariff of charges is not always exhibited, the following items are
given: coffee with bread and butter 8, dinner at 1 o'clock 20,
72 bottle of table-wine 6, cup of coffee 2 Sgr. Dinners 'a la carte'
are not recommended.
Travellers starting at an early hour will find breakfast on board
pleasanter than a hurried meal before leaving their hotel. The
waiters occasionally offer worthless books , maps, etc. for sale at
VI. Excursions on Foot.
The Pedestrian is unquestionably the most independent of
travellers, and the best able, both physically and morally, to enjoy
the beautiful scenery of some of the more remote districts. For a
tour of two or three weeks a couple of flannel shirts, a pair of
worsted stockings , slippers, and the articles of the toilette, car¬
ried in a pouch slung over the shoulder, will generally be found
a sufficient equipment, to which a light Mackintosh and a stout