A Universal Gazetteer; Or, Geographical Dictionary: Founded on the Works of Brookes and Walker

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Longman, Orme, and Company, 1840 - Gazetteers - 743 pages

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Page 54 - It is on the ascent of a hill, which seems to have been cloven through its length by some great convulsion.
Page 27 - Nothing is more sacred with a Druse than his public reputation. He will overlook an insult, if known only to him who has offered it ; and will put up with blows where his interest is concerned, provided nobody is a witness : but the slightest abuse given in public, he revenges with the greatest fury. This is the most remarkable feature of the national character : in public, a Druse may appear...
Page 6 - ... feet high, the sides are formed into compartments, which contain a great variety of carved figures relative to the Hindoo mythology ; but the end of the cave...
Page 12 - The former, in summer, dwell in the neighbourhood of some lake, whence they draw their subsistence ; and in winter they reside in the forests, where they live by hunting. The others seek their support upon the mountains, possessing herdt of reindeer, which they use according to the season ; but they go generally on foot.
Page 9 - Avon, is of great purity, and has obtained a high reputation in consumptive cases. In St. Vincent's Rock, above this well, are found those native crystals, so well known under the name of Bristol stones. The numerous buildings on the top of this rock have the name of Clifton, which is the chief resort of the gentry, on account of the salubrity of its air.
Page 4 - Nor is it between the four different tribes alone that such insuperable barriers are fixed ; the members of each cast adhere invariably to the profession of their forefathers. From generation to generation the same families have followed, and will always continue to follow one uniform line of life. Such arbitrary arrangements of the various members which compose a community, seem, at first view, to be adverse to improvement either in science or in arts ; and by...
Page 6 - A scene ensues, the bare description of which is enough to chill the heart with horror, wherever men have been accustomed by milder institutions to respect their species, and to melt into tenderness at the sight of human sufferings. The prisoners are tied naked to a stake, but so as to be at liberty to move round it. All who are present, men, women, and children, rush upon them like furies. Every species of torture is applied that the rancour of revenge can invent. Some burn their limbs with red-hot...
Page 11 - ... busy period of this history. But soon after the peace of Chateau-Cambresis the violent and bigoted maxims of Philip's government, being carried into execution with unrelenting...
Page 27 - Ely, is low and fenny, from the confluence of many rivers. All the waters of the middle part of England which do not flow into the Thames or the Trent, run into these fens ; and in the latter part of the year they are sometimes overflowed, or appear covered with fogs.
Page 14 - The Black Sea receives a considerable portion of the fresh waters of Europe as well as of Asia Minor ; — by the Danube, which collects the waters of a great part of Germany, Hungary, Bosnia, Servia, Transylvania, &c.

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