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On January 25, 1890, journalist Nellie Bly arrived in New York City, 72 days and 6 hours after leaving—an around-the-world record in the days before air travel.
 
Nellie was a good-natured adventurer. She traveled on steamships, bicycles, trains, and was even carried on a litter—a covered chair carried by people!
 
Nellie left from Hoboken, New Jersey, then traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to England, France, and Italy. She sailed across the eastern Mediterranean Sea and took the Red Sea through Egypt and Yemen. She crossed the Indian Ocean to Sri Lanka and Singapore, where she bought a monkey! Nellie then went to Hong Kong and Japan before boarding a ship to cross the Pacific Ocean. She traveled the last leg of her journey—from Oakland, California, to New York City—on a private railroad car scheduled just for her!
adventure
Noun

exciting or unusual experience.

dictator
Noun

person with complete control of a government.

document
Verb

to keep track of.

garment
Noun

article of clothing.

horrific
Adjective

terrible.

insanity
Noun

state of being of unsound mind or mental capability.

inspire
Verb

to influence to act.

investigative reporter
Noun

journalist who thoroughly researches and reports a single topic, such as a crime or mystery.

journalist
Noun

person who reports and distributes news.

labor
Noun

work or employment.

litter
Noun

vehicle carried by people or animals: a bed, couch, or chair, often covered and curtained, suspended between shafts. Also called a sedan chair or palanquin.

novel
Noun

fictional narrative or story.

porter
Noun

person hired to carry baggage or supplies.

promenade
Noun

area used for leisurely walks.

psychiatric
Adjective

having to do with the science of diagnosing and treating mental disorders.

schedule
Noun

set of time tables or deadlines for appointments or completion of tasks.

sweatshop
Noun
factory that employs workers at low wages, for long hours, and under poor conditions.
technology
Noun

the science of using tools and complex machines to make human life easier or more profitable.

telegraph
Noun

system of communication involving devices connected through electrical wires.

tropical
Adjective

existing in the tropics, the latitudes between the Tropic of Cancer in the north and the Tropic of Capricorn in the south.

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