Drama of the Fire-Fiend

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Page 119 - I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death; a land of darkness, as darkness itself, and of the shadow of death, without any order and where the light is as darkness.
Page 299 - At length, on the sixth day, the conflagration was stayed at the foot of Esquilise, by pulling down an immense quantity of buildings, so that an open space, and, as it were, void air, might check the raging element by breaking the continuity. But ere the consternation had subsided the fire broke out afresh, with no little violence, but in regions more spacious, and therefore...
Page 29 - To study History is to study literature. The biography of a nation embraces all its works. No trifle is to be neglected. A mouldering medal is a letter of twenty centuries. Antiquities, which have been beautifully called History defaced, compose its fullest commentary.
Page 294 - The heat has been compared to that engendered by a flame concentrated on an object by a blow-pipe ; but even that would not .account for some of the phenomena. For instance, we have in our possession a copper cent taken from the pocket of a dead man in the Peshtigo Sugar Bush, which will illustrate our point. This cent has been partially fused, but still retains its round form, and the inscription upon it is legible. Others, in the same pocket, were partially melted, and yet the clothing and the...
Page 299 - ... magazines blew up, and, in a few hours of indescribable confusion and dismay, the whole vast city was wrapped in one wild ocean of flame. The French soldiers shot the incendiaries, bayoneted them, tossed them into the flames ; but still, like demons, they plied their work. Napoleon awoke early in the morning, and looked out upon the flames which were sweeping through all parts of the city. For the first time in his life he appeared excessively agitated. His far-reaching mind apprehended at a...
Page 47 - ... has made out of those and other operations, through me, several hundred thousand dollars, but all the benefit to me, directly or indirectly, has been $100. He came to Chicago in the spring of 1835, and the next day after his arrival said, if I would sell his lot — one of those which I ha'd bought...
Page 261 - ... with pain and ran, without method, to escape the impending destruction. The smoke was suffocating and blinding, the roar of the tempest deafening, the atmosphere scorching; children were separated from their parents and were trampled upon by the crazed beasts; husbands and wives were calling wildly for each other, and rushing in wild dismay, they knew not where...
Page 299 - There followed a dreadful disaster ; whether fortuitously, or by the wicked contrivance of the prince, is not determined, for both are asserted by historians ; but of all the calamities which ever befell this city from the rage of fire, this was the most terrible and severe. It broke out in that part of the Circus which is contiguous to mounts Palatine and...
Page 29 - The painting round a vase, the scribble on a wall, the wrath of a demagogue, the drollery of a farce, the point of an epigram — each possesses its own interest and value. A fossil court of law is dug out of an orator ; and the Pompeii of Greece is discovered in the Comedies of Aristophanes.
Page 23 - ... perish, did they cease to aid each other. From the time that the mother binds the child's head, till the moment that some kind assistant wipes the death-damp from the brow of the dying, we cannot exist without mutual help. All, therefore, that need aid, have a right to ask it from their fellow-mortals. No one who holds the power of granting, can refuse it without guilt.

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