Notes and Observations on the Ionian Islands and Malta: With Some Remarks on Constantinople and Turkey, and on the System of Quarantine as at Present Conducted, Volume 1

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Smith, Elder, 1842 - Ionian Islands - 500 pages
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Page 114 - ... three weeks) imbedded in the dense and tenacious clay. But a more singular discovery was made a day or two after ; a piece of hard and very heavy stone, about four inches in length, and two and a half in width. It was irregularly fractured at the back and at the edges, but on the other and larger side reduced to what may be called a smooth surface ; that is to say, smooth with the exception of the traces of the instrument which had been employed for the purpose of giving it an even surface ;...
Page 22 - Hugged it is, not yielding level course To the swift steed, and yet no barren spot, However small, but rich in wheat and wine ; Nor wants it rain or fertilizing dew, But pasture green to goats and beeves affords, Trees of all kinds, and fountains never dry.
Page 21 - Stretch'd from the portal to the interior house, With azure cornice crown'd; the doors were gold Which shut the palace fast ; silver the posts Rear'd on a brazen threshold, and above, The lintels, silver, architraved with gold. Mastiffs, in gold and silver, lined the approach On either side, by art celestial framed Of Vulcan, guardians of Alcinous' gate For ever, nnobnoxioua to decay.
Page 328 - Indeed, nowhere is improvement in agriculture more necessary. An old-fashioned Zetland plough is a real curiosity. It had but one handle, or stilt, and a coulter, but no sock; it ripped the furrow, therefore, but did not throw it aside. When this precious machine was in motion, it was dragged by four little bullocks yoked a-breast, and as many ponies harnessed, or rather strung, to the plough by ropes and thongs of raw hide. One man went before walking backward, with his face to the bullocks, and...
Page 37 - That the island of Malta was merely a rock of a soft sand-stone, called tufa, about six or seven leagues long, and three or four broad : that the surface of the rock was scarcely covered with more than three or four feet of earth, which was likewise stony, and very unfit to grow corn...
Page 223 - Tariffa and Tangier, gave her one broadside, which directly sunk her. A few days after, the sunken ship, with her cargo of brandy and oil, was cast ashore near Tangier, which is at least four leagues to the westward of the place where she went down...
Page 351 - ... may call a season, the olives from which the oil is pressed are collected as they ripen in winter and part of spring. It would seem that in almost every island the natives have a different way of expressing the oil, and that of natives of Cerigo, curious from its apparent antiquity, is as follows : the olives are placed on a nearly flat stone, and another heavy one of a square shape is rolled backwards and forwards on them, so as to press the fruit ; when thus bruised, the mass is put into a...
Page 165 - Argostoli, near the entrance of the harbour, where the shore is composed of freestone, and is low and cavernous from the action of the waves. The descending streams of salt water...
Page 114 - I send, in the hope that some of your scientific friends may be able to determine the genus or species of animal to which it belonged. It was found (after we had been at work about three weeks) imbedded in the dense and tenacious clay. But a more singular discovery was made a day or two after ; a piece of hard and very heavy stone, about four inches in length, and two and a half in width. It was irregularly fractured at the back and at the edges, but on the other and larger side reduced to what may...
Page 165 - The next phenomenon I have to mention is very extraordinary, and apparently contrary to the order of nature : it is the flowing of the water of the sea into the land in currents or rivulets which descend and are lost in the bowels of the earth. This...

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