Three Gringos in Venezuela and Central America

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Harper & Brothers, 1896 - Central America - 282 pages
 

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Page 271 - The primary object of the policy outlined by President Monroe was, therefore, the peace and safety of the United States. The protection of Latin-American states against European intervention...
Page 145 - There is no more interesting question of the present day than that of what is to be done with the world's land which is lying unimproved ; whether it shall go to the great power that is willing to turn it to account, or remain with its original owner, who fails to understand its value. The Central - Americans are like a...
Page 271 - ... we could not view any interposition for the purpose of oppressing them, or controlling in any other manner their destiny, by any European power in any other light than as a manifestation of an unfriendly disposition toward the United States.
Page 263 - ... own defense, or, at least, big enough not to mind the taunts of ill-bred children. The boys of the university are taken very seriously by the people of Caracas, as are all boys in that country, where a child is listened to, if he be a male child, with as much grave politeness as though it were a veteran who was speaking. The effect is not good, and the boys, especially of the university, grow to believe that they are very important factors in the affairs of the state, when, as a matter of fact,...
Page 145 - We had planned to go to the capital for the express purpose of tearing that statue down some night, or blowing it up ; so it is perhaps just as well for us that we could not get there ; but it would have been a very good thing for Costa Rica if Walker, or any other man of force, had put his foot on the neck of every republic in Central America, and turned it to some account.
Page 228 - It was sixteen years after his death that a hero - worshipping friend was brave enough to commission an artist to design a statue to his memory. On the neck of this statue the artist hung the representation of a miniature in the shape of a medallion, which had been given to Bolivar by the family of Washington. On the reverse was a lock of Washington's hair and the inscription, "This portrait of the founder of liberty in North America is presented by his adopted son to him who has acquired equal glory...
Page 146 - Nature has given to their country great pasture -lands, wonderful forests of rare woods and fruits, treasures of silver and gold and iron, and soil rich enough to supply the world with coffee, and it only waits for an honest effort to make it the natural highway of traffic from every portion of the globe. The lakes of Nicaragua are ready to furnish a passageway which should save two months of sailing around the Horn, and only forty-eight miles of swamp-land at Panama separate the two greatest bodies...
Page 110 - Honduras without dwelling on the insects as of the west coast of Africa without speaking of the fever. You cannot sit on the grass or on a fallen tree, or walk under an upright one or through the bushes, without hundreds of some sort of animal or other attaching themselves to your clothing or to your person. And if you get down from your mule to take a shot at something in the bushes and walk but twenty feet into them, you have to be beaten with brushes and rods when you come out again as vigorously...
Page 108 - I took an account of the stock before I turned in, and found there were three dogs, eleven cats, seven children, five men (not including five of us), three women and a dozen chickens, all sleeping, or trying to sleep, in the same room, under the one roof. And when I gave up sleeping, or trying to sleep, and wandered out into the night, I stepped on the pigs and startled three or four calves that had been sleeping under the porch.
Page 224 - MOUNTAIN. 106 through the floating ice of the Delaware, young Bolivar marched under fierce tropical suns, and cut his path through jungle and swamp-lands, and over the almost impenetrable fastnesses of the Andes. Their difficulties were the same and their aim was the same, but the character of the two men was absolutely and entirely different, for Bolivar was reckless, impatient of advice, and even foolhardy. What Washington was we know.

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