Caxton's Book: A Collection of Essays, Poems, Tales and Sketches

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A. L. Bancroft, 1876 - Nevada - 300 pages
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Page 117 - Where the car climb'd the Capitol; far and wide Temple and tower went down, nor left a site: Chaos of ruins! who shall trace the void, O'er the dim fragments cast a lunar light, And say, 'here was, or is,
Page 268 - Between two worlds Life hovers like a star, Twixt Night and Morn, upon the horizon's verge. How little do we know that which we are! How less what we may be! The eternal surge Of Time and Tide rolls on and bears afar Our bubbles ; as the old burst, new emerge, Lashed from the foam of ages ; while the graves Of Empires heave but like some passing waves.
Page 134 - He was then young, and with much labour climbed to the naked summit of the sierra, from which, at a height of ten or twelve thousand feet, he looked over an immense plain, extending to Yucatan and the Gulf of Mexico, and saw at a great distance a large city spread over a great space, and with turrets white and glittering in the sun.
Page 127 - Of echoing hill or thicket have we heard Celestial voices, to the midnight air, Sole, or responsive...
Page 33 - Having passed on the line of the Pacific Railway more than once, I was perfectly familiar with all of its windings, gorges and precipices. I selected Cape Horn as the best adapted to the purpose, and . . . the public knows the rest. Having been fully acquitted by two tribunals of the law, I make this final appeal to my fellow-men throughout the State, and ask them confidently not to reverse the judgments already pronounced. I am conscious of no guilt; I feel no remorse; I need no repentance. For...
Page 134 - Indians of Chajul is, that no white man has ever reached this city ; that the inhabitants speak the Maya language, are aware that a race of strangers has conquered the whole country around, and murder any white man who attempts to enter their territory. They have no coin or other circulating medium ; no horses, cattle, mules, or other domestic animals except fowls, and the cocks they keep under ground to prevent their crowing being heard.
Page 21 - Now, suppose I fling the contents of this small vial into the Pacific Ocean, what would be the result? Dare you contemplate it for an instant? I do not assert that the entire surface of the sea would instantaneously bubble up into insufferable flames; no, but from the nucleus of a circle, of which this vial would be the center, lurid radii of flames would gradually shoot outward, until the blazing circumference would roll in vast...
Page 258 - America from the mother- country, at the time it took place, was the result of the king's personal feelings and interference with the ministry. The war with France was in part at least attributable to the views and wishes of the sovereign of this country. His obstinate refusal to grant any concessions to his Catholic subjects, kept his cabinet perpetually hanging on the brink of dissolution, and threatened the dismemberment of the...
Page 47 - He said, and on the rampart-heights arrayed His trusty warriors, few, but undismayed ; Firm-paced and slow, a horrid front they form, Still as the breeze, but dreadful as the storm.
Page 257 - ... struck in the fleshy part of the thigh, in front, by a musket-ball. An examination of the cartouchboxes of the soldiers took place, but no individual could be fixed upon as the perpetrator of the act. In the evening of the same day a more alarming and extraordinary circumstance occurred at Drury-lane theatre. At the moment when the king entered the royal box, a man in the pit, on the right-hand side of the orchestra, suddenly stood up and discharged a horse-pistol at him. Providentially a gentleman...

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