Here and There Among the Alps

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Longmans, Green, and Company, 1875 - Alps - 195 pages

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Page 181 - What is a Constitution, and what are its objects? It is easier to tell what it is not than what it is. It is not the beginning of a community, nor the origin of private rights. It is not the fountain of law, nor the incipient state of government. It is not the cause, but consequence, of personal and political freedom. It grants no rights to the people, but is the creature of their power, the instrument of their convenience.
Page 38 - ... find, to your surprise, that you have nothing under one foot ; instinctively you dig in your stick, hoping that it will touch something solid, but no, it also rests upon air, and then you become aware that you are on a snow bridge, and that if it should give way you will soon be hanging suspended by the rope over one of those gigantic cracks, that sometimes reach to the bottom of the glacier.
Page 62 - Bormio. A fortnight spent in the Engadine did not much alter the first impression it had made upon us. We still thought its scenery over-praised, and its climate unpleasant. The air there certainly is peculiarly light and bracing, but it is not very agreeable to be frozen every morning, baked at noon, and perished at night, nor to rise, as we did one morning in August, and find a white world all round.
Page 163 - This is a more serious consideration than might at first he supposed, as not only should she aim at presenting as much as possible a tidy appearance on all occasions, but also must she endeavour to have clothes which will protect her effectually from extremes of heat and cold, and which will not impede her movements more than can be helped, in situations...
Page 149 - This chain, which must be of immense length, was visible from where we stood, extending from right to left as far as the eye could reach.
Page 4 - All that is required to meet the comparatively slight difficulties of these excursions, is strength, health, the habit of taking exercise, and a perfectly steady head.
Page 4 - ... borderland, between the forbidden ground of danger and the beaten paths of safety...
Page 113 - ... which I must do him the justice to say he did not smoke while with us.

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