A universal gazetteer; or, Geographical dictionary of the world

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Longman and Company [and others], 1835 - Gazetteers - 500 pages

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Page 77 - ... with a single blow. The moment he falls, the women seize the body, and dress it for the feast. They besmear their children with the blood, .in order to kindle in their bosoms a hatred of their enemies, which is never extinguished, and all join in feeding upon the flesh with amazing greediness and exultation.
Page 46 - ... and .horrible. The wild rocks raised their lofty summits till they were lost in the clouds, and the valleys lay covered with everlasting snow. Not a tree was to be seen, nor a shrub even big enough to make a toothpick. The only vegetation we met with was a coarse strong-bladed grass growing in tufts, wild burnet, and a plant like moss, which sprung from the rocks.
Page 159 - The general face of the country is certainly pleasing, being diversified with gentle ascents, and little winding vallies, covered for the most part with large spreading trees, which afford a succession of leaves in all seasons. In those places where trees are scarce, a variety of flowering shrubs abound, most of them entirely new to an European, and surpassing in beauty, fragrance, and number, all I ever saw in an uncultivated state...
Page 68 - ... continue through life to do. To this may be ascribed that high degree of perfection conspicuous in many of the Indian manufactures ; and though veneration for the practices of their ancestors may check the spirit of invention, yet, by adhering to these, they acquire such an expertness and delicacy of hand, that Europeans, with all the advantages of superior science, and the aid of more complete instruments, have...
Page 161 - The church, reckoned one of the finest in the kingdom, was erected by Henry IV. Here, in the midst of troubles, died king John ; and here Charles I., after his defeat at Naseby, put himself into the hands of the Scotch army, who afterwards gave him up to his enemies.
Page 18 - It had once a monastery, built in 11(13, and part of the priory now forms the parish church. This place is famous for the tenure of its manor ; namely, that whatever married couple will go to the priory, and swear they have not repented of their marriage, within a year and a day after it took place, shall receive a flitch of bacon.

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