Perilous Adventures and Thrilling Incidents, and Narratives of Travellers in Europe, Asia, Africa and America, in Various Periods of History

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Alden, Beardsley & Company, 1854 - Voyages and travels - 544 pages
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Page 77 - Though a mere private Briton, I triumphed here, in my own mind, over kings and their armies ! and every comparison was leading nearer and nearer to presumption, when the place itself where I stood, the object of my vainglory, suggested what depressed my short-lived triumph.
Page 256 - ... circumference, and several hundred feet in height — its slow motion as its base rose and sank in the water, and its high points nodded against the clouds ; the dashing of the waves upon it, which breaking high with foam, lined its base with a white crust ; and the thundering sound of the cracking of the mass, and the breaking and tumbling down of huge pieces ; together with its nearness and approach, which added a slight element of fear — all combined to give to it the character of true sublimity.
Page 83 - I have known both hunger and nakedness to the utmost extremity of human suffering. I have known what it is to have food given me as charity to a madman ; and I have at times been obliged to shelter myself under the miseries of that character, to avoid a heavier calamity. My distresses have been greater than I have ever owned, or ever will own to any man. Such evils are terrible to bear ; but they never yet had power to turn me from my purpose.
Page 256 - No pencil has ever yet given anything like the true effect of an iceberg. In a picture they are huge uncouth masses stuck in the sea ; while their chief beauty and grandeur, their slow, stately motion, the whirling of the snow about their summits, and the fearful groaning and crackling of their parts, the picture cannot give.
Page 255 - Northern ocean. As far as the eye could reach, the sea in every direction was of a deep blue color, the waves running high and fresh, and sparkling in the light, and in the midst lay this immense mountain-island, its cavities and valleys thrown into deep shade, and its points and pinnacles glittering in the sun.
Page 346 - In the afternoon we were surprised by the sudden appearance in the camp of two Mexicans — a man and a boy. The name of the man was Andreas Fuentes ; and that of the boy, (a handsome lad, 11 years old,) Pablo Hernandez.
Page 411 - I had travelled one thousand one hundred and four miles in snow-shoes, and had no other covering at night, in the woods, than a blanket and deerskin, with the thermometer frequently at — 40, and once at — 57 ; and sometimes passing two or three days without tasting food.
Page 349 - Archilette, one of the customary camping grounds, about eighty miles from our encampment, where there is a spring of good water, with sufficient grass, and concluded to await there the arrival of the great caravan. Several Indians were soon discovered lurking about the camp, who, in a day or two after...
Page 524 - Abarbenel. — In gold and silver, and stones of price ; for I have inherited all the hoards of my forefathers. The greater part is buried underground ; indeed, I have never examined the tenth part of it. I have coins of silver and gold older than the times of Ferdinand the Accursed and Jezebel ; I have also large sums employed in usury. We keep ourselves close, however, and pretend to be poor, miserably so ; but on certain occasions, at our festivals, when our gates...
Page 374 - ... they fell to beating in the heads of our guides I bethought me that the few dollars I carried in my purse might not satisfy them, and replaced it again in readiness to be delivered at the shortest notice. These precautions were, however, unnecessary.

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