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Wednesday. It would take them some time to get the carriage and horses. So if they
had started and travelled hard, they would be about now at the Borgo Pass. God guide
and help them! I am afraid to think what may happen. If we could only go faster. But we
cannot. The engines are throbbing and doing their utmost. I wonder how Dr. Seward
and Mr. Morris are getting on. There seem to be endless streams running down the
mountains into this river, but as none of them are very large, at present, at all events,
though they are doubtless terrible in winter and when the snow melts, the horsemen
may not have met much obstruction. I hope that before we get to Strasba we may see
them. For if by that time we have not overtaken the Count, it may be necessary to take
counsel together what to do next.
2 November.--Three days on the road. No news, and no time to write it if there had
been, for every moment is precious. We have had only the rest needful for the horses.
But we are both bearing it wonderfully. Those adventurous days of ours are turning up
useful. We must push on. We shall never feel happy till we get the launch in sight again.
3 Novenber.--We heard at Fundu that the launch had gone up the Bistritza. I wish it
wasn't so cold. There are signs of snow coming. And if it falls heavy it will stop us. In
such case we must get a sledge and go on, Russian fashion. 4 Novenber.--Today we
heard of the launch having been detained by an accident when trying to force a way up
the rapids. The Slovak boats get up all right, by aid of a rope and steering with
knowledge. Some went up only a few hours before. Godalming is an amateur fitter
himself, and evidently it was he who put the launch in trim again.
Finally, they got up the rapids all right, with local help, and are off on the chase afresh. I
fear that the boat is not any better for the accident, the peasantry tell us that after she
got upon smooth water again, she kept stopping every now and again so long as she
was in sight. We must push on harder than ever. Our help may be wanted soon.
31 October.--Arrived at Veresti at noon. The Professor tells me that this morning at
dawn he could hardly hypnotize me at all, and that all I could say was, "dark and quiet."
He is off now buying a carriage and horses. He says that he will later on try to buy
additional horses, so that we may be able to change them on the way. We have
something more than 70 miles before us. The country is lovely, and most interesting. If
only we were under different conditions, how delightful it would be to see it all. If
Jonathan and I were driving through it alone what a pleasure it would be. To stop and
see people, and learn something of their life, and to fill our minds and memories with all
the color and picturesqueness of the whole wild, beautiful country and the quaint
people! But, alas!
Later.--Dr. Van Helsing has returned. He has got the carriage and horses. We are to
have some dinner, and to start in an hour. The landlady is putting us up a huge basket
of provisions. It seems enough for a company of soldiers. The Professor encourages
her, and whispers to me that it may be a week before we can get any food again. He