The Missions of Nueva California

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Whitaker and Ray Company (incorporated), 1900 - Missions - 189 pages
 

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Page 1 - ... task a fascinating one as he admits. "For the wonderful rapid growth," he says, "in prosperity and power of the great Missions established at various points from San Diego to San Francisco; for picturesque scenes of Mission, Mexican and Indian life during a period of more than half a century; * * * * for the sad, pathetic death of the Mission system after its glorious spiritual career,— for all these things the history of this State forms a chapter second to none, in interest and picturesqueness,...
Page 58 - The edifice is composed, indeed, of only a ground floor ; but its elevation, of fine proportions, gives it as much grace as nobleness. It is covered with a tiled roof, flattened, around which reaches, as much without as within the square, a terrace with an elegant balustrade which simulates still more the height.
Page 1 - Indians, even under the stress of danger to life; for the wonderful, rapid growth in prosperity and power of the great missions established at various points from San Diego to San Francisco; for picturesque scenes of mission, Mexican and Indian life, during a period of more than half a century with their manners and customs utterly foreign to anything else found in the United States; for the sad pathetic death of the Mission System after its...
Page 58 - The buildings were drawn on a large and ample plan, wholly the idea of the Padre [Peyri] ; he directed the execution of it, in which he was assisted by a very skillful man, who had contributed also to the building of those at Santa Barbara; so, although these are much more sumptuous, at that place may be recognized the same hand.
Page 56 - Here, on the contrary, everything is in the rough, even to the men, and the first care of the builder has been to form his workmen. Out of the mere earth he has had to make bricks and tiles; to cut immense trees far away, and to bring them, by physical strength, over roads marked out expressly across ravines and precipices; to gather, at great expense, on the seashore, shells to make into lime; finally...
Page 58 - ... Mission San Luis Rey, whose glittering whiteness was flashed back to us by the first rays of the day. At that distance and in the still uncertain light of dawn, this edifice, of a very beautiful model, supported upon its numerous pillars, had the aspect of a palace. The architectural faults can not be grasped at this distance, and the eye is attracted only to the elegant mass of this beautiful structure Instinctively I stopped my horse to gaze alone, for a few minutes, on the beauty of the sight....
Page 57 - At last we turned inland and after a jaunt of an hour and a half we found before us, on a piece of rising ground, the superb buildings of Mission San Luis Rey, whose glittering whiteness was flashed back to us by the first rays of the day. At that distance and in the still uncertain light of dawn, this edifice, of a...
Page 55 - Office or the Angelus; the first illusion is destroyed, and the castle is a convent. " In front of the building, in the middle of a huge square, is a playing fountain, the workmanship of which, imperfect as it was, surprised us more, since we had not expected to find in this country, otherwise so far removed from...
Page 190 - Company AND OTHER SKETCHES By David Starr Jordan This volume is made up of separate sketches, historical or allegorical, having in some degree a bond of union in the idea of the "higher sacrifice.
Page 54 - Mission presented themselves under a finer aspect. From the roadstead we could have taken it for a chateau of the middle ages, with its apertures and its belfry.

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