The geography of Europe

H. Major [and six other Publishers in three places], 1878 - 104 Seiten

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Seite 54 - His red cap, which flaunted far down his back, was in front drawn closely over his forehead, and his striped manta, instead of being rolled round him, hung unembarrassed from one shoulder. Whilst his left leg was thrown forward in preparation, a musket was levelled in his hands, along the barrel of which his eye glared fiercely upon the visage of the conductor. On the other side, the scene was somewhat different. Pepe, being awake when the interruption took place, was at once sensible of its nature.
Seite 54 - I now roused myself, rubbed my eyes, and directed them out of the windows. By the light of a lantern that blazed from the top of the diligence, I could discover that this part of the road was skirted by olive trees, and that the mules, having come in contact with some obstacle to their progress, had been thrown into confusion, and stood huddled together, as if afraid to move, gazing upon each other, with pricked ears and frightened aspect.
Seite 22 - After having ascended the mountain for thirty times, I at last saw the spectre. It was just at sunrise, in the middle of the month of May, about four o'clock in the morning. I saw distinctly a human figure of a monstrous size. The atmosphere was quite serene towards the east. In the south-west a high wind carried before it some light vapours, which were scarcely condensed into clouds and hung round the mountains upon which the figure stood. I bowed. The colossal figure repeated it. I paid my respects...
Seite 27 - We advanced with ease through the windings of the cavern, which at times was so low as to oblige us to stoop, and at times so high that the roof was lost in the gloom. But everywhere the most wonderful varieties of stalactites and crystals met our admiring view. At one time we saw the guides lighting up some distant gallery far above our heads, which had all the appearance of verandahs adorned with Gothic tracery ; at another, we came into what seemed the long-drawn isles of a Gothic cathedral, brilliantly...
Seite 47 - ... were crushed under the falling edifices ! The sea retired from the harbour and left the bar dry, and then rolled in again in an immense wave, rising fifty or sixty feet above its usual level ; the mountains in the neighbourhood, which are some of the largest in that country, were shaken from their very foundations, and some were cleft and rent quite to their base, enormous portions of them being thrown down into the valleys, while electric flashes issued from their sides.
Seite 33 - ... burgomaster, at Dort, who immediately sent a spy to ascertain the truth of the story. Finding the report correct, he began to prepare for safety, and instantly sent to the States, who ordered soldiers into the city, and commanded the river to be let in by a certain sluice, which would instantly lay that part of the country under water where the besiegers lay in ambush. This was forthwith done, and a great number of the Spaniards were drowned ; the rest, being disappointed in their design, escaped,...
Seite 48 - Many of the surviving inhabitants had rushed to the new quay which had been lately finished, and was constructed of marble, conceiving that it would be a place of security from the falling ruins ; but this, on a sudden, sank down into an abyss which opened under it, drawing in along with it boats and small craft which were lying near it ; and so completely was it swallowed up, that not a piece of timber of the wrecks, or one body of the thousands crowded on it, ever floated again to the surface.
Seite 33 - DURINO the wars in the Low Countries, the Spaniards intended to besiege the city of Dort, in Holland, and accordingly planted some thousands of soldiers in ambush, to be ready for the attack when opportunity might offer. On the confines of the city lived , a rich farmer, who kept a number of eows in his grounds, to furnish the city with butter and milk.
Seite 21 - It is called the Spectre of the Broken. It has been seen by many travellers. In speaking of it, Monsieur Jordan says: " In the course of my repeated tours through the Hartz Mountains, I often, but in vain, ascended the Broken, that I might see the Spectre. At length, on a serene morning, as the sun was just appearing above the horizon, it stood before me, at a great distance, towards the opposite mountain. It seemed to be the gigantic figure of -a man. It vanished in a moment.
Seite 33 - On the confines of the city lived a rich farmer, who kept a number of cows in his grounds, to furnish the city with butter and milk. His milkmaids, at this time, coming to milk their cows, saw under the hedges the soldiers lying in ambush, but seemed to take no notice ; and having milked their cows, went away singing merrily. On coming to their master's house, they told him what they had seen ; who, astonished at the relation, took one of the maids with him to a burgomaster at Dort, who immediately...

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