A Year in Portugal: 1889-1890

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G. P. Putnam's sons, 1891 - Portugal - 313 pages
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Page 151 - I goes into society (with my pocket-pistols), and I swims in the Tagus all across at once, and I rides on an ass or a mule, and swears Portuguese, and have got a diarrhoea and bites from the mosquitoes. But what of that ? Comfort must not be expected by folks that go a pleasuring.
Page 293 - The fact of essential importance is, that the territory in question is not under the effective government or occupation of Portugal, and that if it ever was so, which is very doubtful, that occupation has ceased during an interval of more than two centuries. During the whole of that period the Government of Portugal has made no attempt either to govern or civilize or colonize the vast regions to which a claim is now advanced, and it may be said, with respect to a very large portion of them, that...
Page 160 - His aesthetic love of nature, which made him rejoice in a bare hillside with stumps and briars . . . was in me a practical reality, which moved me as it did him, but with the addition of a farmer's consideration of the value of the scenes he loved. Nature to him meant God ; to me it meant also the rule God gave man over the fowls of the air and the beasts of the field
Page 294 - It is not, indeed, required by international law, that the whole extent of a country occupied by a civilized Power should be reclaimed from barbarism at once: time is necessary for the full completion of a process which depends upon the gradual increase of wealth and population; but, on the other hand, no paper annexation of territory can pretend to any validity as a bar to the enterprise of other nations if it has never through vast periods of time been accompanied by any indication of an intention...
Page 293 - Government has only been drawn to them at last by the successful efforts of British travellers and British settlers. The Portuguese authorities during that long interval have made no offer to establish in them even the semblance of an effective government or to commence the restoration of their alleged dominion, even by military expeditions, until they were stimulated to do so by the probability that the work of colonizing and civilizing them would fall to the advancing stream of British emigration.
Page 293 - Portugal, which are advanced in the despatch of Senhor Barros Gomes, because in the judgment of Her Majesty's Government they are not relevant to the contention for the establishment of which they have been adduced. The controversy must be decided on other grounds. The fact of essential importance is that the territory in question is not...
Page 151 - When the Portuguese are pertinacious, I say, Carracho! — the great oath of the grandees, that very well supplies the place of 'Damme,' — and, when dissatisfied with my neighbour, I pronounce him Ambra di merdo. With these two phrases, and a third, Avra bouro, which signifieth 'Get an ass,' I am universally understood to be a person of degree and a master of languages.
Page 292 - ... will hardly contribute much to the establishment of the sovereignty of Portugal. Forts maintained in a condition of efficiency are undoubtedly a conclusive testimony that the territory on which they stand is in the military occupation, and under the effective dominion of the Power...
Page 108 - ... ethical, none equal him ; and in my mind, the latter is the highest of all poetry, because it does that in verse, which the greatest of men have wished to accomplish in prose. If the essence of poetry must be a lie, throw it to the dogs, or banish it from your republic, as Plato would have done. He who can reconcile poetry with truth and wisdom, is the only true " poet" in its real sense, " the maker" " the creator," — why must this mean the " liar," the " feigner,
Page 232 - ... were few, — so few, so precious, that they were often chained to their oaken shelves with iron chains, like galley-slaves to their benches, — these men, with their laborious hands, copied upon parchment all the lore and wisdom of the past, and transmitted it to us. Perhaps it is not too much to say, that, but for these monks, not one line of the classics would have reached our day.

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