A Guide to the West Indies, Bermuda and Panama (Google eBook)

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Dodd, Mead, 1920 - West Indies - 533 pages
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Page 166 - Galdy, Esq. who departed this life, at Port Royal, the " 22d of December, 1736, aged eighty. He was born " at Montpelier, in France, but left that country for his " religion, and came to settle in this island, where he " was swallowed up in the great earthquake, in the " year 1692, and by the providence of God, was by an" other shock thrown into the sea, and miraculously " saved by swimming, until a boat took him up.
Page 480 - You see that at once by the form of its cable six or eight inches across in one direction, and three or four in another, furbelowed all down the middle into regular knots, and looking like a chain cable between two flexible iron bars. At another of the loops, about as thick as your arm, your companion, if you have a forester with you, will spring joyfully. With a few blows of his cutlass he will sever it as high up as he can reach, and again below, some three feet down; and, while you are wondering...
Page 134 - ... though little or nothing was left them, not sparing the women and little children, giving them nothing to eat, whereby the greatest part perished.
Page 410 - European critics towards the end of the last century and the beginning of the present ?
Page 481 - ... cut it off above. Meanwhile, the old story of Jack and the Bean-stalk comes into your mind. In such a forest was the old dame's hut; and up such a bean-stalk Jack climbed, to find a giant and a castle high above. Why not? What may not be up there? You look up into the green cloud, and long for a moment to be a monkey. There may be monkeys up there over your head, burly red Howler, or tiny peevish Sapajou, peering down at you; but you cannot peer up at them.
Page 362 - ... feet above the level of the sea, in the majesty of its almost impenetrable forests, in the gorgeousness of its vegetation, the abruptness of its precipices, the calm of its lakes, the violence of its torrents, the sublimity of its waterfalls, it stands without a rival not in the West Indies only, but (I should think) throughout the whole island catalogue of the Atlantic and Pacific combined.
Page 335 - June, too soon. July, stand by ! August, come it must. September, remember! October, all over.
Page 426 - November 4th, 1751. This morning received a card from Major Clarke, welcoming us to Barbadoes, with an invitation to breakfast and dine with him. We went, myself with some reluctance, as the smallpox was in his family.
Page 480 - ... ascending sap, or rather the ascending pure rainwater which has been taken up by the roots, and is hurrying aloft, to be elaborated into sap, and leaf, and flower, and fruit, and fresh tissue for the very stem up which it originally climbed; and therefore it is that the woodman cuts the Watervine through first at the top of the piece which he wants, and not at the bottom ; for so rapid is the ascent of the sap that if he cut the stem below, the water would have all fled upwards before he could...
Page 480 - With a few blows of his cutlass he will sever it as high up as he can reach, and again below, some three feet down ; and, while you are wondering at this seemingly wanton destruction, he lifts the bar on high, throws his head back, and pours down his thirsty throat a pint or more of pure cold water. This hidden treasure is, strange as it may seem, the ascending sap, or rather the ascending pure rainwater which has been taken up by the roots, and is hurrying aloft, to be elaborated into sap, and leaf,...

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