Brazil and the river Plate in 1868 (Google eBook)

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1869
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Page 33 - The orchestra was good, many of the performers being blacks or mulattos, who are excellent musicians. The African race seem to like music, and generally have a pretty good ear. Both men and women often whistle well, and I have heard the washerwomen at their work whistling polkas with great correctness. I was amused one evening on going out of the opera when it was half over : offering my ticket to a decent-looking man standing near the door, he bowed, but refused it, saying that men with jackets...
Page 33 - ... have shoes and stockings, with his toes peeping through, the other will dispense with them altogether. But the old peer rolls on unconscious, and I dare say the whole thing is pronounced a neat turn-out. The Brazilians are great snuff-takers, and always offer their box, if the visitor is a welcome guest. It is etiquette to take the offered pinch with the left hand, Rape' is the Portuguese for snuff, hence our word rappee.
Page 34 - This increase is partly to be ascribed to the influx of Portuguese, who have at different times left their country in consequence of the civil commotions which have disturbed its peace, as well as of English, French, Dutch, Germans, and Italians, who, after the opening of the port, settled here some as merchants, others as mechanics and have contributed largely to its wealth and importance. These accessions of Europeans have effected a great change in the character of the population ; for...
Page 33 - The ladies look better by candle light, their great failing being in their complexions, the tint of which may be exactly described by the midshipman's simile of snuff and butter. The orchestra was good, many of the performers being blacks or mulattos, who are excellent musicians The African race seem to like music and generally have a pretty good ear Both men and women often whistle well, and I have heard the washerwomen at their work whistling polkas with great correctness. I was amused one evening...
Page 33 - ... refused it, saying that men with jackets were not allowed in the house." Government seems at last alive to the absolute necessity of doing something to improve the sanitary condition of the city and also its internal organisation, as they have lately got out some good practical English engineers, who, we have no doubt, will suggest an effective mode of dealing with present difficulties. If they do not adopt decisive measures, the rate of mortality may be expected to augment fearfully in a dense...
Page 58 - Mesabi] are destined to play a very important part in the future development of the iron industry of the state.
Page 188 - ... country, can not fail not only to develop the resources of Brazil, but will prove of great benefit to the bordering Hispano-American republics and to the maritime nations of the earth. The opening of the Amazon is the most significant indication that the leaven of the narrow monopolistic Portuguese conservatism has at last worked out.
Page 53 - ... diameter and 5 feet stroke, calculated to haul up 50 tons at the rate of ten miles an hour, which are supplied by five Cornish boilers, three of which suffice for the duty. A steel wire rope, tested to a strength far exceeding the requirements which will ever be made upon it, passes over a friction-wheel on each side of the fly-wheel drum upon which it is wrapped round, and, one end being attached to an ascending and the other to a descending train, it is intended to make the "lift...
Page 17 - ... knowledge that can guide us to the completion of artificial flying, and which I hope and trust will be clearly demonstrated in this treatise. As I shall have occasion to refer to various birds, possessing different powers of flight, in illustration of my design, I here introduce the history of the condor, for the information of such of my readers as may not be acquainted with it. The condor is a native of America, and hitherto naturalists have been divided whether to refer it to the species of...
Page 32 - In consequence of the tortuous formation of the streets, constructed round the base of the hills, it is difficult to get more than a bird's-eye view of the city, on ground made by encroachment on the sea ; consequently, the streets are low, without drainage, and in several of the back ones the water collects and stagnates, to the great detriment of health and comfort. Rio itself is a bad copy of Lisbon streets at right angles, a large square facing the sea, and the suburbs extending up the hills...

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