Chapter 85 – The Dapper Gentleman

Edinburgh Waverley is the beating drum of the city, where the variety of life is fascinating. The difference is clear between people rushing to their work and those slowly taking in the city for the first time.

James Hogg arrives.

“Good morning.”, I said.

The smile on James’ face is ear to ear. 

“I have never been to London. What an adventure.”, said James.

“Our train leaves from Platform One soon. We should buy provisions for the journey.”, I said.  

At the news agent I purchase today’s Scotsman. This newspaper was launched by William Mitchell and Charles Maclaren on 25 January 1817 and is a liberal paper with an independent voice. The Scotsman’s office is at 30 Cockburn Street and in 1868 they opened a London office, connected via a wire service. They continually push the boundaries of their industry.

We arrive at the platform laden with food, refreshments and newspapers,

Out of the corner of my eye, I notice a cavalcade approaching the first carriage. At the front is Henry Carey, dressed in a dapper outfit with ten gentlemen behind him.

“Who is that with him?”, I ask.

“I don’t know.”, James replied.

I keep the disappointment to myself.

“It looks to me that he is taking guests on a trip. I wonder where.”

We board the second carriage.

———————————- © Graeme Brown 2019 ————————————-

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