Memoirs of Don Juan van Halen: comprising the narrative of his imprisonment in the dungeons of the Inquisition at Madrid, and of his escape, his journey to Russia, his campaign with the army of the Caucasus, &c. &c, Volume 2 (Google eBook)

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H. Colburn, 1830 - Escapes
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Page 282 - ... from their steep summits, produced on every sense an indescribable feeling of delight. One of the nobles belonging to the suite of Ashan Khan made me a present of a small flagon of oil extracted from these roses, and which, when some months after I compared with the best otto of roses of Turkey, surpassed h tti fragrance and delicacy. Beyond these woods of roses spreads an extensive forest...
Page 22 - Nothing proves so much the state of barbarism in which those men are sunk, as the manner in which they received the decree issued about this time. These savages, unwilling to depend upon their own exertions for support, made all the resistance in their power to that decree, the execution of which was at length entrusted to an armed force...
Page 311 - ... fixing their eyes on their leader, follow him in the most profound silence — unanimous in their impetuosity, constant and imperturbable in danger — qualities which in military nations are the exclusive patrimony of perfect discipline. Frugal and patient under privations, as they are submissive, they spend the whole day in battle, and at night a ration of bread or biscuit, and a draught of water from the nearest brook, suffice to allay their hunger and thirst, whilst the bare ground for a...
Page 282 - Kuba, with the rising sun, and proceeded through picturesque fields covered with rose trees. The exquisite fragrance emitted by them, and which the morning dew rendered more fresh and grateful; the varied warbling of a multitude of birds, who had their nests in these delightful bowers ; and the sight of several cascades, whose playful waters leaped from their steep summits, produced on every sense an indescribable feeling of delight. One of the nobles belonging to the suite of Ashan Khan made me...
Page 165 - Teflis, the city is seen spreading in the form of an amphitheatre, on the banks of the river Kur, at the extremity of a defile, formed by two bold ranges of mountains.
Page 180 - ... are suspended. The soldiers then become masons, carpenters, smiths, &c. or engaged in whatever occupation they may be hired for ; so that as they are furnished by the colonel with suitable dresses, that their uniforms may not suffer during the time they are thus employed, they cannot be recognised as soldiers except by their mustachios. Besides, there are always a certain number of them employed iu the workshops belonging to the regiment in every description of trade ; consequently every thing...
Page 275 - ... inundation, especially as they have never enquired into the physical causes that produce the naptha. According to their belief, the supreme Being cast Satan into these gulphs, from which immediately flames issued, which the Guebres are enjoined eternally to preserve. Notwithstanding their fanaticism, they do not hesitate in cooking their victuals by that fire, which they light in the same manner as gas, by applying a torch to the cavity made in the earth. The flame is extinguished by plac-ing...
Page 22 - Along the high road through Livonia are found, at short distances, filthy public houses, called in the country Rhatcharuas, before the doors of which are usually seen a multitude of wretched carts and sledges belonging to the peasants, who are so addicted to brandy and strong liquors,* that they spend whole hours in those places. Nothing proves so much the state of barbarism...

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