Ashland, Ohio: Brethren Publishing House, 1887.
First Edition. 8vo, 160 pp, with frontis portrait of the author. Publisher's blue cloth with title stamped in gilt. Boards edgeworn and lightly soiled, offsetting on two pages where a fern was once pressed, a few other pages with minor soiling. Advised to travel for her health, Miss Wood set out from her Virginia home in May of 1880. Despite being rather feeble and ill-equipped for solo travel, she managed to cover more than 3,500 miles via rail, carriage, streetcar, and sleigh over the course of nine months. Her narrative includes more scripture-quoting than most of us care to read, but there are also interesting details of places she visited, among them the Studebaker wagon factories in South Bend, Indiana, a cheese factory in Lanark, Illinois, and a Kindergarten (then a relatively new form of education) in Lewistown, Pennsylvania. She hits every tourist spot in Niagara Falls, visits the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago and the Mint in Philadelphia, and tours a variety of schools, hospitals, orphanages, and religious institutions.