A Guide to the West Indies, Bermuda and Panama

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Dodd, Mead, 1908 - West Indies - 533 pages
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Page 167 - Island, where he was swallowed up in the Great Earthquake in the year 1692 and by the Providence of God was by another Shock thrown into the Sea, and miraculously saved by swimming until a boat took him up : He lived many years after in great Reputation, Beloved by all who knew him and much lamented at his death.
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 482 - 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 21 - Where brighter suns dispense serener light, And milder moons emparadise the night ; A land of beauty, virtue, valour, truth, Time-tutored age, and love-exalted youth ; The wandering mariner, whose eye explores The wealthiest isles, the most enchanting shores, Views not a realm so bountiful and fair, Nor breathes the spirit of a purer air ; In every clime the magnet...
Page 483 - ... 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 482 - 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,...
Page 30 - NEAR THIS SPOT WAS INTERRED IN THE YEAR 1610, THE HEART OF THE HEROIC ADMIRAL SIR GEORGE SOMERS, Kt., WHO NOBLY SACRIFICED HIS LIFE TO CARRY SUCCOUR TO THE INFANT AND SUFFERING PLANTATION NOW THE STATE OF VIRGINIA. TO PRESERVE HIS FAME FOR FUTURE AGES, NEAR THE SCENE OF HIS MEMORABLE SHIPWRECK, 1609, THE GOVERNOR AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THIS COLONY FOR THE TIME BEING CAUSED THIS TABLET TO BE ERECTED 1876...
Page 256 - Tis distance lends enchantment to the view, And robes the mountains in its azure hue," are peculiarly applicable here.
Page 481 - ... the light-food far above ; and next, of a green cloud, or rather mist, which hovers round your head, and rises, thickening and thickening to an unknown height. The upward lines are of every possible thickness, and of almost every possible hue ; what leaves they bear, being for most part on the tips of the twigs, give a scattered mist-like appearance to the under-foliage.
Page 473 - Hepaticae and Mosses. But what are those yellow and purple flowers hanging above our heads ? They are Bignonias and Mucunas — creepers straying from afar which have selected this spot, where they may, under the influence of the sun's beams, propagate their race.

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