Chronicles of the Cape Fear River, 1660-1916

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Edwards & Broughton printing Company, 1916 - Cape Fear River Valley - 732 pages
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Page 550 - There is no denying that the government of cities is the one conspicuous failure of the United States.
Page 217 - There is a thing, Harry, which thou hast often heard of, and it is known to many in our land by the name of pitch: this pitch, as ancient writers do report, doth defile; so doth the company thou keepest...
Page 382 - ... degrees, and was sodded with marsh grass, which grew luxuriantly. The parapet was not less than twenty-five feet thick, with an inclination of only one foot. The revetment was five feet nine inches high, from the floor of the gun chambers, and these were some twelve feet or more from the interior plane. The guns were all mounted in barbette, Columbiad carriages ; there was not a single casemated gun in the fort.
Page 10 - Inlet, the governing low-water depths in the river having been increased to 9 feet. The original project of 1827 was to deepen, by jetties, the channel through the shoals in the 8 miles next below Wilmington. This project resulted in a gain of 2 feet available depth. The project of 1853 was to straighten and deepen the bar channel by dredging, jettying, diverting flow from the New Inlet, and closing breaches in Zekes Island.
Page 264 - Two caterpillars crawling on a leaf, By some strange accident in contact came ; Their conversation, passing all belief, Was that same argument, the very same. That has been "proed and conned" from man to man. Yea, ever since this wondrous world began The ugly creatures, Deaf and dumb and blind, Devoid of features Tha't adorn mankind, Were vain enough, in dull and wordy strife, To speculate upon a future life. The first was optimistic, full of hope ; The second, quite dyspeptic, seemed to mope. Said...
Page 5 - Looking then to the cape for the idea and reason of its name, we find that it is the southernmost point of Smith's Island, a naked, bleak elbow of sand, jutting far out into the ocean. Immediately in its front are the Frying Pan Shoals pushing out still farther twenty miles to sea. Together they stand for warning and for woe; and together they catch the long majestic roll of the Atlantic as it sweeps through a thousand miles of grandeur and power from the Arctic towards the Gulf. It is the playground...
Page 122 - Ratifying & Confirming this & no other to be my Last Will & testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal...
Page 389 - That blockades, in order to be binding, must be effective — that is to say, maintained by a force sufficient really to prevent access to the coast of the enemy...
Page 2 - No monarch in Christendom but my father, would keep such a bird in a cage' ; who, inexhaustible in ideas and in exploits, after having brought a new world to light, wrote the history of the old in a prison, and then died because God had made him too great for his fellows — that name, which to North Carolina ears rings down through the ages like a glorious chime of bells — the name of our great Sir Walter Raleigh.
Page 657 - ... know of no feature more touching than this, unless, perhaps, it be the yet more affecting sight of those who, every day, before our eyes, are seen devoting their fortunes, their time, their labour, their health, to offices of benevolence and mercy. How many persons do I myself know, to whom it is only necessary to say...

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