Gilbert the adventurer: or, Travels in distant countries

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Page 71 - Winding his fold round and round the body of his antagonist, he disabled his two hinder legs, and by his contractions, made the scales and bones of the monster crack. The water was speedily tinged with the blood of both combatants, yet neither was disposed to yield. They rolled over and over; neither being able to obtain a decided advantage. All this time the cause of mischief was in a state of the highest ecstasy.
Page 139 - ... water ; the gardens filled with fruit-trees, among which are the apple, plum, apricot, &c. ; the rose-tree and sweet-briar abound. I cannot walk in any direction from my tent without passing over a variety of flowers, and as this is the spring in Affghanistan, they are in full bloom. This rich valley is surrounded by lofty mountains, the tops of which are covered with snow. The wind is at this moment gently blowing from a high mountain on my right hand; this breeze qualifies the heat of the valley...
Page 212 - Selinga, he harangued the assembled princes with an eloquence natural to him, and then sat down on a piece of black felt which was spread upon the earth. This felt was revered for a long time afterwards as a sacred national relic. An appointed orator then addressed him in these words : " However great your power, from God you hold it : He will prosper you if you govern justly: if you abuse your authority, you will have become black as this felt, a wretch and an outcast.
Page 307 - ... once stood. The humble tent of the Arab now occupies the spot formerly adorned with the palaces of kings, and his flocks procure but a scanty pittance of food, amidst the fallen fragments of ancient magnificence.
Page 307 - ... the fallen fragments of ancient magnificence. The banks of the Euphrates and Tigris, once so prolific, are now, for the most part, covered with impenetrable brushwood ; and the interior of the province, which was traversed and fertilized by innumerable canals, is destitute of either inhabitants or vegetation.
Page 117 - ... be heard. He and his family to the third generation are exempted from all sorts of servitude, and their land from taxation — Mission to Siam and Hue, $c.
Page 267 - Alexander, and from that period, amid many changes and vicissitudes, it has always continued to be an interior kingdom. At the present time its population is about twelve millions ; its territory, lying between the Caspian Sea on the north, and the Persian Gulf at the south, is about ten times as extensive as the state of New York, and seven times as extensive as New England. The government is a complete despotism, and is administered with little wisdom. The nobles are numerous, and are entrusted...
Page 272 - Aleppo, who paid ten crowns for his ransom, and gave him his daughter in marriage with a dowry of a hundred crowns.
Page 215 - ... of the vagabond Tartar, all the luxury of Asia glittered in the dress, horses, harness, arms, and furniture of the vast assemblage. The emperor received the homage of his powerful vassals with majesty, and that of his children and grandchildren, who were introduced to kiss his hand, with tenderness. He graciously accepted their presents, and in return distributed among them magnificent donations. The soldiery also partook of the liberality of the great robber of robbers. The mighty khan, who...
Page 72 - ... the tree, came several times close to the scene of the fight, shook the limbs of the tree, uttered a yell, and again frisked about. At the end of ten minutes a silence began to come over the scene. The folds of the serpent began to be relaxed, and though they were trembling along the back, the head hung lifeless in the water. The crocodile also was still, and though only the spines of his back were visible, it wag evident that he, too, was dead.

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