The Madeira Islands, Volume 1

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Drexel, Biddle & Bradley Publishing Company, 1896 - Madeira Islands - 111 pages
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Page 107 - Isle, where fruit succeeded fruit, and flower followed flower in rich and endless variety, be applicable to any modern one, it is to Madeira.
Page 35 - They would be allpowerful did they hold the key to improvement — viz., the Government. Threefourths of the wine trade are in the hands of the English, and nearly all the larger shipping firms and banking houses are owned and financiered by Englishmen. And here is where the ' rub ' comes — the Portuguese hate the English.
Page 42 - ... North-east. Occasionally in the spring the North wind blows over the central ridge of mountains and rushes down its slopes, causing damage to the vineyards. The Leste. — The warm, dry East wind, which blows from the African desert in summer-time, and in Madeira is known as the " Leste," is the same wind which in Southern Europe strikes hot and cold in various places. In Switzerland, for instance, the African wind, there called the
Page 42 - Havoc wrou9ht by the Leste. — After the sand-storm, which occupies any time from a couple of hours to three days in passing, destruction is found in the most unlooked-for places. Holes are burned occasionally through hedges, and the leaves and smaller branches on the sides of trees exposed to the hot storm's violence are sometimes found scorched to crumbling dryness. Beyond this there is hardly if ever any other serious damage wrought that is worthy of mention ; and there is very little personal...
Page 107 - There are two marked differences, however, between our cultivated geraniums and Madeira's wild ones. The general rule regarding wild flowers is that the cultivation of them improves and makes them larger and more beautiful. The geranium, however, seems to contradict this rule. It grows in its perfection in Madeira ; the flowers being much larger and the plants themselves often attaining the height of ten and twelve feet from the ground.
Page 23 - On board active preparations were being made for coming to anchor, but with that noticeable absence of noise and bustle which is so characteristic of a modern manof-war. Boat crews were clearing their boats for hoisting out, the lashings were being taken off the gangways, and the booms were ready to...
Page 39 - ... the great Desert of Sahara that its effects are felt in the Madeira Islands, although they are distant some 320 miles from the African coast. But strange as it may seem, the hot sand is caught up from the desert in swirling wind.clouds and thus conveyed, through the azure heights of the upper air, across the sea to the Madeira Islands ; it is also thus carried to the Canaries.
Page 36 - Sam is but awaiting a favorable opportunity to stretch forth his hand to the Madeirans and lift them from under the monarchial Portuguese yoke.
Page 36 - Their highest ideal is to belong to or be under the protection of some great republic ; they naturally look to the United States as the greatest.

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