A Glimpse of the Tropics; Or, Four Months Cruising in the West Indies

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S. Low, Marston, limited, 1900 - Blacks - 276 pages
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Page 194 - Toussaint, the most unhappy man of men! Whether the whistling Rustic tend his plough Within thy hearing, or thy head be now Pillowed in some deep dungeon's earless den; O miserable Chieftain! where and when Wilt thou find patience! Yet die not; do thou Wear rather in thy bonds a cheerful brow: Though fallen thyself, never to rise again, Live, and take comfort. Thou hast left behind Powers that will work for thee; air, earth, and skies; There's not a breathing of the common wind That will forget thee;...
Page 85 - ... feet in a few hours, and becoming a roaring torrent. Sitting on a rock at the side of the water, I gazed long upon the scene before me. Some coolies were bathing in a beautiful pool at the bend of the river, their bronze colouring making a fine contrast to the green of the forest behind them.
Page 84 - ... which grow in a dense and well-nigh impenetrable tangle around them. The ground is covered with all kinds of magnificent ferns, wild palms, grasses, and innumerable species of undergrowth, whilst masses of creepers cover even the tallest trees, climbing the trunks and spreading over the branches, then falling in festoons to the ground. Through all this wealth of gigantic vegetation the river winds, now very little more than a brook, rippling over the stones with a cool, refreshing sound, but...
Page 38 - Four Months Cruising in the West Indies' in 1900 in terms of the scenery's relation to earlier literary representations of the tropics: Here, for the first time, was the tropical beach! How often, from childhood, I had tried to picture it from Kingsley's vivid descriptions or the histories of the early explorers. There were the cocoa-nut palms, with clusters of green cocoa-nuts growing all along the sea-line out of the soft white sand, with beautiful rainbow colours in the water as it moved lazily...
Page 194 - L'Ouverture is dead. He died, according to letters from Besancon, m prison, a few days agO. The fate of this man has been singularly unfortunate, and his treatment most cruel. He died, we believe, without a friend to close his eyes. We have never heard that his wife and children, though they were brought over from St. Domingo with him, have ever been permitted to see him during his imprisonment.
Page 246 - But what may have worried the authorities most was their call upon all the descendants of Africa in every Parish throughout the Island, to form themselves into Societies and hold Public Meetings, and co-operate for the purpose of setting forth their grievances...
Page 241 - Next morning everyone turned out in their Sunday best. Big hulking negresses were attired in gorgeous silks and satins, and truly wonderful hats with broad brims and feathers, and ribbons of the most elaborate and stylish description. The woolly heads under all this fashionable headgear were pathetically ludicrous.
Page 248 - That the punishments inflicted during martial law were excessive ; (2) that the punishment of death was unnecessarily frequent ; (3) that the floggings were reckless, and at Bath positively barbarous ; (4) that the burning of one thousand houses was wanton and cruel.
Page 193 - ... sentenced to torture ! His principles, when becoming an actor in the revolution of his country, were as pure and legitimate, as those which actuated the great founders of liberty in any former age or clime. ' Such was the character of Toussaint L'Ouverture, as regarded his office of Commander in Chief, and Governor of the island of St.
Page 64 - But the forests ! As I gazed upon them I felt that here, indeed, were the tropics in all their splendour. My whole soul seemed to form the words "At Last!

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