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Alfred was not shy of spending his money on himself, always travelling first class. He sailed on the “R.M.S.P. Aragon”, leaving Buenos Aires on June 10th and arriving in London on July 2nd. On board he was accompanied by his brother Johnnie and wife Marjory, as well as several aquaintances, amongst them we can identify: Miss Dawney, Mr. Lambert, Charles Jewell and son, and Mrs. Bischoff (a fellow teacher of Clara E. Allyn, wife of Alfred's older brother Willie).
On the 12th September, 1910, Alfred and Todd sailed from Marseilles on the “R.P.D. Adolph Woermann”, booked to Kilindini, the port of Mombasa (British East Africa, today Kenya); where they arrived after 19 days. They took the train from Mombasa to Nairobi, a five hour ride.
Buenos Aires — London
Marseilles — Kilindini
Kilindini — Mombasa — Nairobi
Alfred returned to England on about January 20th, 1911, having travelled from Kilindini (the port of Mombasa) to Marseilles on the “R.P.D. Prinzregent”. He spent less than ten days in England, some of them at Todd's home, Mereside, Bromfield, Cumberland (see the letterhead on Alfred's comparison of taxidermist rates).
On January 28th, he sailed on the “R.M.S. Lusitania” from Liverpool, arriving in New York on February 3rd. He most likely went to the States to see Willie, his older brother. Willie was staying with his in-laws, the Allyn family, in Corsicana, Texas. He had been feeling poorly for some time and was there seeking medical treatment. He died there April 1st, of kidney failure.
Per Alfred's list of hotels, it seems he did not sit around Corsicana waiting for Willie to die. Restless as usual, he took a tour out west, visiting Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fort Ross, and the Grand Canyon. It is very likely he took an excursion out to Santa Catalina Island - why else would he have kept the brochure (see below). He also took the time to visit some of the major cities: Washington, New Orleans, Boston, and New York.
On April 20th, Alfred sailed from New York on the “S.S. Verdi”, arriving in Buenos Aires in mid-May, 1911. He stayed the night of May 18 at the Savoy Hotel in Rosario, Santa Fé. He had been gone almost a year, of which at least 75 days were spent at sea.
Kilindini — Marseilles
Liverpool — New York
Santa Catalina Island
New York — Buenos Aires
May 18, 1911
During his year of travel, Alfred stopped at many hotels, near 30 per his list alone. He most likely compiled the list after his return for it is written on the stationary of a livestock auction company with facilities in the provinces of Santa Fé and Córdoba. In the absence of a diary, the list tells us where he travelled, but probably not all of the places - for example, the list does not tell us if he travelled to Corsicana, Texas, where he was likely put up by relatives.
Note: The Gran Hotel Central in Rosario was still in business in the early 1950s. It had two lion statues, one each side of the foyer. The lions were at rest, staring regally at the entrance - very impressive to a child (me). My parents stayed at the Central whenever in Rosario: weddings, polo tournaments, my tonsils (great chocolate icecream), etc.
Hotels stopped at on travels 1910 - 1911
|Grand Hotel Central||Rosario|
|Grand Hotel||Buenos Aires||good|
|” Lille at Albion||Paris||poor|
|Russacks ”||St Andrews.-||”||web|
|Blue Past ”||Thika R falls|
|Waldorf Astoria ”||New York||good||web|
|St Charles||New Orleans||good|
|St Francis||San Francisco||good||web|
|Sea View Hotel||near Fort Ross||regular|
|El Tovar||Grand Canyon||good||web|
|Park Avenue Hotel||New York|
© Peter Benitz (Benitz Family)