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Page 15 - Why have not the still more level, the greener and more fertile pampas, which are serviceable to mankind, produced an equal impression ? I can scarcely analyze these feelings; but it must be partly owing to the free scope given to the imagination.
Page 38 - ... they attend regularly Divine Service, their children are educated, they themselves dress neatly, are lawfully married, and as a body, there are no people, in point of general good Conduct, to surpass them. This change, which has caused peace and contentment to prevail, was brought about solely through Missionary labour
Page 205 - ... summon pastors to their duties. The clerical press casts aside all sense of decency and loyalty in its attacks on those who differ, and lacks controlling authority to bring it to its proper use. There is assassination and calumny, the civil laws are defied, bread is denied to the enemies of the Church, and there is no one to interpose. . . . It is sad to reflect...
Page 205 - America, 69. and other clergy are never found doing service among the poor; they are never in the hospital or lazar house; never in the orphan asylum or hospice, in the dwellings of the afflicted or distressed, or engaged in works of beneficence, aiding primary instruction, or found in refuges or prisons As a rule they are ever absent where human misery exists, unless paid as chaplains or a fee is given. On the other hand, you (the clergy) are always to be found in the houses of the rich, or wherever...
Page 205 - In every diocese ecclesiastics break all bounds and deliver themselves up to manifold forms of sensuality, and no voice is lifted up imperiously to summon pastors to their duties. The clerical press casts aside all sense of decency and loyalty in its attacks on those who differ, and lacks controlling authority to bring it to its proper use. There is assassination and calumny, the civil laws are defied, bread is denied...
Page 15 - In calling up images of the past, I find the plains of Patagonia frequently cross before my eyes ; yet these plains are pronounced by all to be most wretched and useless. They are characterized only by negative possessions ; without habitations, without water, without trees, without mountains, they support only a few dwarf plants. Why, then — and the case is not peculiar to myself — have these arid wastes taken so firm possession of my mind?
Page 12 - ... strands, while the stalks of others are twisted in a thousand ways, coiling like snakes round the nearest trunks, and forming gigantic folds about their thick branches ; while others again trail along zigzag fashion, or else shape themselves like the steps of a ladder leading to a dizzy height above. The flowers and fruits of the forest trees are all to be sought for in the leafy domes far above, where the crowns of the trees, locked together, are exposed to the light and heat. All below is dark,...
Page 69 - The official statistics show that in the year 1890, there were living 2,603,489 persons, or more than onesixth of the entire population of the country, who were born out of wedlock. Certain Catholic hospitals have an opening in the wall next the street with a wheel arrangement where, under the cover of night, these illegitimate and abandoned babes may be deposited, and thus 'Historical Sketch of Presbyterian Missions, 267, 268.
Page 204 - Prelates and priests, monks and nuns exert an influence that is all-pervading. The ethics of Jesuitism dominate and vitiate every sphere of human activity in South America. Abominations of every sort are sanctified in the name of Christ. The priesthood as a class is like the old Jewish priesthood in holding the Truth of God "in unrighteousness," and in making the Divine Word "of none effect
Page 197 - South America's Physical Development — South America surpasses all other continents in the following respects : 1. Proportion of Surface Available for Dense Population. — It has no great tracts under perpetual snow, like North America, Europe and Asia ; nor any great deserts, like those of Africa, Asia and Australia.