The Countries of Europe Described; With Anecdotes and Numerous Illustrations

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General Books LLC, 2010 - 156 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1850. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... SWITZERLAND. There is no country in Europe as beautiful its Switzerland; it is the land of high mountains, and deep valleys, and bubbling streams, and roaring waterfalls. People come from all countries to see Switzerland. But if you are afraid of going up steep paths, you had better not go there, for you would have to travel in high places by the side of terrible precipices. There are very steady mules that would carry you up on their backs, and men called guides who would show you the way. Some foolish people have tried to go over the mountains without guides--you shall hear what became of one of them. In the midst of the mountains a great stone is seen like a gravestone. What is written upon it? "Travellers, it is necessary to have a wise and strong guide, Do not go far from him. Mind what he says." Why was that stone put up? Because a traveller lost. his way near that spot, and was found dead in a cavern. Some travellers have fallen over the precipices, and some have sunk into the cracks of the snow, because they had nobody to show them the way. Some have been frozen in the snow, and would have died had they not been found by the good dogs sent out by the monks of Mount St. Bernard. A man goes with these dogs; for dogs are not always to be trusted by themselves. There are many pretty cottages to be seen amongst the mountains. A Swiss cottage is not quite like an English cottage. It has a roof that comes beyond the cottage; and stairs outside, and a balcony upstairs by which to go into the house. And what is the reason the houses are built in this way? It is because of the snow which rolls down the mountains and settles on the roof. That deep roof shelters the house from the wet; it is like an umbrella to the house. Then the lowest room is so damp that it is u...

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