This was a farewell dinner at the Indian Restaurant the night before leaving, and we were all anxious to get back to have the last few hours with Baba. Before each departure, Baba gave us these solemn two hours the previous night. We all sat around him, and he in the middle. Sometimes a little music, sometimes silence. No one who has not been present at these farewells can realize just what Baba gave out to us.
Early the next morning, May 14th, we all left in a large private bus with enormous quantities of luggage. Baba left later by taxi.
Already gathered at the station to see Baba off were Norman Franklin, Mary and Will, the Foulds, the Haggards, and the Inces (I believe). Some of us went with Baba right to the docks at Southampton, travelling in his compartment. We did not take much, but one important seed was laid for the future. Margaret, in order to amuse Baba who looked so sad, began telling him about all the pretty students in her dancing school. One day previously, Baba had gone to Margaret Craske and Mabel Ryan's flat to tea, and from there to the dancing studio to watch a class. He was so interested and happy, and gave his blessing to the school. Margaret chaffed him about the pretty girls and began describing one, when Baba suddenly said "Yes! She is the one you ought to have brought to me. She is the one I must see " Before we had left the train, it was arranged that if Baba called us to Italy, she would have to come with Margaret. Months later we were called to Italy and Baba cabled, on his way from India, that Margaret must bring her to India too. This Margaret later did, with no small difficulty. But the mother was a seeker herself; and saw, too, the opportunity it would be for her daughter to travel with Margaret as her teacher.
We arrived at Southampton Docks, having all said our real goodbyes on the train. We got into a tender to take us to the Bremen that was some way out. Baba let us all sit near him for his last hour while we had a lemonade. Tod, Margaret and Meredith Starr were all travelling to the U.S.A. with Baba.
We got on the boat and felt lost — it was so large! Some were travelling second class, and the boys, tourist class. Of course, nothing can be done until tickets have been shown at the Purser's Office. These, alas, were all with the boys who were in the tourist part of the boat, so Baba would not leave the main deck and go to his cabin until this first necessary business had been attended to. He just sat motionless, looking small and Lifeless on the sofa. Then the siren blew; and had we known, we need not have hurried off for at least another fifteen minutes, but there was a feeling of rush and agitation. We each in turn said goodbye, and Baba only put his head to the side for us to kiss his check, which we did, all in a row like a parade. Baba expressed no enthusiasm about it. Then we departed, running into the boys who were fortunately coming up with the tickets to Baba. We