Ridpath's universal history: an account of the origin, primitive condition, and race development of the greater divisions of mankind, and also of the principal events in the evolution and progress of nations from the beginnings of the civilized life to the close of the nineteenth century, Volume 8 (Google eBook)

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Jones Brothers Pub. Co., 1899 - World history
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Page 495 - There are a great many of these people whose complexions appear as light as half breeds; and amongst the women particularly, there are many whose skins are almost white, with the most pleasing symmetry and proportion of features; with hazel, with...
Page 503 - ... own country, with the exception of red or auburn, which is not to be found. And there is yet one more strange and unaccountable peculiarity, which can probably be seen nowhere else on earth ; nor on any rational...
Page 620 - The climbing plants, from the size of whipcord to that of a man-of-war's hawsers, are so numerous, the ancient path is the only passage. When one of the giant trees falls across the road, it forms a wall breast-high to be climbed over ; and the mass of tangled ropes brought down makes cutting a path round it a work of time which travellers never undertake.
Page 500 - ... cheek bones their visages, and distinct manners, together with their own traditions, supported by the testimony of neighbouring nations, put it in my mind beyond the shadow of a doubt, that they have emigrated from the northwest point of America, to which they had come across the narrow streights, which in that quarter, divide the two continents ; and are absolutely descendants of a Tartarean tribe."* As an instance of the generosity of this nation, the following anecdote is related.
Page 503 - ... than it is a freak or order of Nature, for which she has not seen fit to assign a reason. There are very many, of both sexes, and of every age, from infancy to manhood and old age, with hair of a bright silvery grey ; and in some instances almost perfectly white.
Page 500 - Their guttural pronunciation, high cheek bones, their visages, and distinct manners, together with their own traditions, supported by the testimony of neighboring nations...
Page 503 - I started for this place that I would find the Mandans a strange people and half white. The diversity in the colour of hair is also equally as great as that in the complexion, for in a numerous group of these people (and more particularly amongst the females who never take pains to change its natural colour as the men often do), there may be seen every shade and colour of hair that can be seen in our own country, with the exception of red or auburn which is not to be found.
Page 620 - Between each district of Manyema large belts of the primeval forest still stand. Into these the sun, though vertical, cannot penetrate, except by sending down at midday thin pencils of rays into the gloom.
Page 537 - They are very moderate in eating, but their passion for liquors is carried to the greatest excess. " Their minds are, at bottom, in every respect, like those of the other children of Adam, and endowed with the same powers, nor did the Europeans ever do less credit to their own reason than when they doubted that of the Americans. The state of...
Page 500 - Nahiawah, or Kilisteno, as well as from all other nations of the Algonquin stock. They are likewise unlike the Pawnees and the Minnetarees, or Gros Venters.

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