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!
exciting or unusual experience.
person with complete control of a government.
to keep track of.
article of clothing.
state of being of unsound mind or mental capability.
to influence to act.
journalist who thoroughly researches and reports a single topic, such as a crime or mystery.
person who reports and distributes news.
work or employment.
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.
fictional narrative or story.
person hired to carry baggage or supplies.
area used for leisurely walks.
having to do with the science of diagnosing and treating mental disorders.
set of time tables or deadlines for appointments or completion of tasks.
factory that employs workers at low wages, for long hours, and under poor conditions.
the science of using tools and complex machines to make human life easier or more profitable.
system of communication involving devices connected through electrical wires.
existing in the tropics, the latitudes between the Tropic of Cancer in the north and the Tropic of Capricorn in the south.