The frontier lands of the Christian and the Turk; comprising travels in the regions of the lower Danube, in 1850 and 1851, by a British resident of twenty years in the East [J.H. Skene].

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Page 109 - Uttan was abbot of a monastery here prior to 653 ; but the date of its foundation and the name of its founder are alike unknown. It appears to have been converted into an hospital prior to the dissolution of the religious 134 houses by Henry VIII. ; for Leland says, " where
Page 42 - Catherine, who had projected the expulsion of the Turks from Europe, and the restoration of the Greek empire...
Page 397 - Turkish camp, and some of the generals proposed that the camels should be placed in front of the army, in order that the horses of the enemy might be frightened by them.
Page 72 - Gipsies, who were multiplying, he invited vast numbers of them to a feast, after which he boiled as many of them as the cauldrons would hold, and burnt the remainder alive on a great fire; and a story seems to be authentic of his having forced some Tatars to roast and eat one of their tribe, who had committed a theft. When he took prisoners from the Turks, he had their feet flayed, rubbed with salt, and licked by the rough tongues of goats. And with all this he was a remarkably handsome man, with...
Page 107 - ... suppose VOL. II. H their known aversion for the occupations of husbandry accounted for the land, which appeared to be excellent, having been left as pasturage for the small number of animals they possessed. When we stopped to water the horses at a brook, we saw a Gipsy girl of rare beauty filling her jars ; her olive skin was pure and fine as that of a duchess — her figure matchless, and her every movement full of grace. The postilions told us, that she was celebrated over all the district,...
Page 106 - ... and then we came to a wide valley, where, in default of cultivation, extensive meadows of the brightest green, with occasional clumps of trees, — amongst which I remarked the beautiful weeping birch, — rendered the landscape as fair as any we had seen, though the country was no longer so wild. A few straggling Gipsy villages, looking for all the world like rabbit-warrens, were the only indication of its being inhabited ; and I suppose VOL. II. H their known aversion for the occupations of...
Page 335 - ... insufficient, there was generally a scramble for them. The bakers, soon finding that every one of the men who had thus obtained a loaf, came forward voluntarily to pay for it, adopted the practice of leaving them to arrange the preference among themselves, and of throwing down the bread to be distributed as they liked. A woman, however, who had come over for the first time on this errand, took fright when the Turkish soldiers began snatching the loaves, although they did so with perfect...
Page 135 - Liubin we saw an extensive Gipsy camp. The chief, who wore a rich Albanian dress, was seated on a grassy bank above the road, with several old men around him. Two or three good horses being walked about behind them, ready caparisoned, probably for some marauding expedition, as the robbers in this country are generally Gipsies.

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