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An American's Letter (cont.)

I went to the Schwedengruch [Swede's Mug Inn], where I saw the bierglas out of which Gustavus Adolphus used to drink his beer. I thought of taking a royal drink; so I had the pleasure of quaffing beer from the same glass used by the great Swede.

What is to be the finest hotel in Nuremberg is now in course of construction - the Hotel Ostrich. It is only a few houses from my mother's residence, and when finished it will be thrown open for Americans and English people especially. It is on Carolinen Strasse.

Karolinenstrasse and St. Lawrence's church

Karolinenstrasse and St. Lawrence's church. The building on the right with the trees on the sidewalk is the mentioned "Hotel Ostrich". Its gable is decorated with a life-size sculpture of the bird as a pediment (NCA F 3 "Hotel zum Strauss")

Another great building now being erected is the Palace of Justice. It will be, they tell me, the greatest edifice of its kind in Germany, and will have apartments within its walls for every court - from that of the grade of Justice of the Peace to Supreme Judge.

Diploma for Nuremberg bicycle trademark

Diploma for the gold medal winning Nuremberg bicycle trademark "Viktoria" at the World Fair 1893 in Chicago. The enterprise was owned by the Jewish families Frankenburger and Ottenstein (NCA E 9/402 no. 2)

This is a notable city for all branches of industry - manufactures and arts. Nearly all the streets are named for some special branch of industry carried on therein. It is famed for inventions. In the year 1390 the first paper manufactory in Germany was established here. And of modern improvements, the first railroad built in Germany was constructed from Nuremberg to Furth in 1836 [1835]. This city is today the largest manufacturer of toys and clocks on the continent. Its commerce is very considerable; the trade in hops particularly is more extensive here than in any city in Europe.

The Nuremberg hops market in the 1880s.

The Nuremberg hops market in the 1880s. This business was a domain of Jewish salesmen who made Nuremberg the most important trading place in the world until World War I (NCA A 8 no. 310)

There are 90,000 inhabitants in Nuremberg, and I have not yet seen a single beggar in any of the streets that I have passed through.

Many retired merchants from the United States are living here in princely style. Undeniably this is a place in which one may enjoy the use of money; but if ever your friend should have the luck to become rich he would prefer to spend his money at home, where he acquired it, rather than scatter it abroad.

Tomorrow I shall visit the American Consul to ascertain whether I can ship my goods from here direct to San Diego. If so, I shall do so, and not send to San Francisco for reshipment.


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