August 14.-After breakfast yesterday we walked to the steamer awaiting us on the Rhine, following our trunks and other luggage. It was a day never to be forgotten on the beautiful river. Pfalzerhof Hotel received us on our arrival here last evening. Before breakfast a regiment of soldiers passed the hotel. I was impressed by their appearance.
The porter told me they were “high soldiers” stopping here a few days. Their dress was very showy and glittering in the sunshine. Mayence is a fortified townone of the fortresses of the German Empire.