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From Returned Missionaries
Alma O. Taylor's Journal Excerpts-186
Editor's Note: 1910 - In Korea and China. I copied and pasted from the transcription of the journals in the BYU Library. I cannot always tell which of the errors are because of poor transcription or just spelling irregularities common at that time in our history. I have made some corrections, but not all to give a flavor of the original journals and because I am lazy.
Tokyo, Japan. Sunday, March 27, 1910 . Clear - Very warm Up at 7:00. This being my last Sabbath in Japan, I tried to enjoy it as much as possible. I made two farewell speeches in Sunday School, addressed the saints in sacrament meeting and in the evening meeting, I was again given the privilege to make a few remarks. Friends brothers and sister were here nearly all day. I got time in the after- non to run out to Mrs Kogu's home and say good-bye to them. I called on the Nozu family at Mr. Katooka's home. After the night meeting I had a chat with some friends and the saints. Today has been a day of bliss and satisfaction Everything I have done has been a pleasure to do and the good feeling of Thursday evening has been prominent again all day.
Tokyo, Japan. Monday, March 28, 1910 . Rain - colder Up at 7:15. Spent nearly the whole day packing up and shopping. Tokyo, Japan. Tuesday March 29. 1910 Rain - Chilly Up at 7:00. Spent the day getting my trunks packed I ran to Mr. Yahiro's home to say good-bye. He had started out to see me. We met later at headquarters. In the evening, I entertained Mr. Tsukakoshi who called on a parting visit. The last stroke on the trunks etc was made about midnight.
Tokyo, Japan, Wednesday, March 30 th 1910 Cloudy - Cold Up at 6:30 Closed my valises and declared myself ready to start for America. Elders Fairbourn and Barton took our baggage to Yokohama on an early train. Until the hour for leaving came, I wrote my journal and read some in the church magazines. At about 10:40 A.M. we bid farewell to headquarters and started in jinrikisha for Shimbashi station.
At Shimbashi we met a number of friends who had come to give us a sendoff. These of the saints accompanied us to Yokohama. At Yokohama we met more of the saints and several friends who had gone down from Tokyo early to see the steamer and bid Elder Caine and I farewell. On the way from the depot to the warf, I called on the bank, clothing store and the steam- ship company. We all went out to the steamer on the Grand Hotel's launch. There were 21 of us all together and a better looking more friendly company was never seen. Our young sisters and some of the members of the Sunday School class I taught at Tokyo were living pictures of beauty and merriment and enjoyed the tour over the big ship Manchuria immensely. None of the Japanese in the party had ever seen such a large palatial steamer, as they looked at everything with delight and wonder.
Before parting, we assembled on deck and had our picture taken. We then met in the dining room where I invited all to have a lemon soda and some crackers. The lemon soda with a straw in it was another new thing which tickled them. The brass gong sounded the signal for all visitors to return to the launch. From the launch our 19 loving friends gave us hearty cheers while their handkerchiefs and hats and umbrellas waved as long as they could be seen.
The names of those who gave us this enthusiastic farewell are Prest. Elbert D. Thomas and wife. Elders M.R. Fairbourn, and Melvin J. Barton, Brothers Yasubeie Chiba, Takeshiro Sakuraba, Tokujiro Tane and Katsuzo Nasa, Sisters Tsune Nachie, Nami Haku, Ei Nachie, Masagiku Saigo, Kiyo Koji, Kuna Nabeshima, Mr Baba and Misses Yuki Fujita, Ei Toda, and Miyo Saigo and Mrs. Katsu Uchiyama. The steamer started at 4:00 P.M.
The hours before bedtime were pretty blue and lonesome. The gospel with its magic power has endeared the Japanese saints and friends to me with a bond as strong as iron, therefore the parting today has been felt very keenly. We were fortunate in securing a fine cabin on the bridge deck where everything is handy, light and airy. There are three people on board whom we know. One Mr. Frederick Brown of Tientsin, China (see page 416) and two Mr. & Mrs Rose who came with us on the S.S. China from Hong Kong to Kobe. We secured seats at the Chief Engineer's table, I sitting immediately on his left. After supper I wrote a little and retired. Rode = (Tokyo to Yokohama) 18 Pacific Ocean,