Recollections of a Service of Three Years During the War-of-extermination in the Republics of Venezuela and Colombia, Volume 1

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Hunt and Clarke, 1828 - Colombia
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Page 7 - ... going in search of prey it always swallows a large stone, that it may acquire additional weight to aid it in diving and dragging its victims under water. A traveller being somewhat incredulous on this point, Bolivar, to convince him, shot several with his rifle, and in all of them were found stones varying in weight according to the size of the animal.
Page 256 - Mr. Gorton's publication is altogether one of great excellence, calculated to be useful to a large number of students, and deserving extensive popularity. We may also mention, that it is sufficiently large to contain every thing necessary, but not too extensive for the ordinary purposes of study, filling, in this respect, an open space in the fields of biographical literature.
Page 177 - ... Llanero cavalry. This is an account of the feat as given by an eye-witness who was attached to the British Legion: "Bolivar stood on the shore gazing at these [the gunboats] in despair, and continued disconsolately parading in front of them, when Paez, who had been on the look out, rode up and inquired the cause of his disquietude. His Excellency observed: 'I would give the world to have possession of the Spanish flotilla, for without it I can never cross the river, and the troops are unable...
Page 82 - em that ; — say, that all Ireland is up in their cause, in consequence of my representations, — tell 'em that" — until the officer getting completely tired, observed, " You must wait till you can tell them yourself, General, for I never talked so much before in my life.
Page 266 - The great defect of the constitution, according to the Liberator, was the feebleness of the executive. " We have made the legislative," he complained, "the only sovereign body, whereas it ought to be merely a member of this sovereign. We have subjected to it the executive, and we have given to it a much greater part in the general administration than what our true interest permits. As the climax of error, all the strength has been placed in the will, and all the weakness in the movement and action...
Page 56 - ... its uniform if they please. According to this regulation, Admiral Brion ranked as captain-general; and was usually seen on his quarter-deck, attired in an English hussar jacket and scarlet pantaloons, with a broad stripe of gold lace down each side, a field marshal's uniform hat, with a very large Prussian plume, and an enormous pair of dragoon boots, with heavy gold spurs of a most inconvenient length. He always signed himself captain-general and was so addressed by his officers and men ; and...
Page 265 - Colombia, who, in the face of hosts of oppressors, breathed only refined honour and virtue, endures with apparent insensibility the national discredit. Colombia, who only thought on painful sacrifices, on eminent services, is now occupied solely with its rights, while it entirely neglects its duties. The nation would have perished, if a remnant of public spirit had not impelled it to call for the remedy, and rescued it on the brink of the grave. A horrible peril would alone have made us think on...
Page 177 - And at the same moment, spurring his horse, dashed into the river and swam towards the flotilla. The guard followed him with their lances in their hands, now encouraging their horses to bear up against the current by swimming by their sides and patting their necks, and then shouting to scare away the alligators, of which there were hundreds in the river...
Page 144 - ... was now relieved from all fear of being left behind, as I was certain that I could reach the furthest extremity I wished to arrive at nearly as soon as they could arrive at the top of the part they were crossing. On perceiving them I discharged my rifle, which produced one of the most powerful echoes I ever heard, reverberating from rock to rock for a long time. It was answered by the...
Page 134 - Our road lay across minor rivers, whose streams were so swollen and currents rendered so strong and rapid by the falls of rain, that in fording them numbers of the men, from their excessive debility, were unable to bear up against their force. The footing once lost, all is over; the rush of waters bears the body down with the rapidity of a shot, dashing it in its course against stumps of trees, jutting rocks, and Iqose stones, until life is extinct, and the sweeping tide is stained with blood.

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