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Seite 393 - Strombolo, and Volcano, with their smoking summits, appear under your feet ; and you look down on the whole of Sicily as on a map ; and can trace every river through all its windings, from its source to its mouth. The view is absolutely boundless on every side ; nor is there any one object, within the circle of vision, to interrupt it ; so that the sight is every where lost in the immensity ; and...
Seite 4 - The crash of falling houses, the tottering of towers, and the groans of the dying, all contributed to raise my terror and despair. On every side of me I saw nothing but a scene of ruin; and danger threatening wherever I should fly. I commended myself to God as my last great refuge. At that hour, 0 how vain was every sublunary happiness!
Seite 327 - Immense quantities of dust and small coal accompanied these blasts, and rose high into the air, in .the form of an inverted cone. The heaviest part of the ejected matter, such as corves, pieces of wood, and small coal, fell near the pits...
Seite 101 - Sentinels were placed in different parts of the garrison, particularly before the governor's house ; and a regiment of armed men was drawn up in another place, with their general in the front. The whole was made up of a kind of clay which the place affords, was ingeniously contrived, and the light that was thrown upon it gave it a very pretty effect.
Seite 291 - When a negro is so fortunate as to find a diamond of the weight of an octavo, (17-i carats,) much ceremony takes place ; he is crowned with a wreath of flowers, and carried in procession to the administrator, who gives him his freedom, by paying his owner for it. He also receives a present of new clothes, and is permitted to work on his own account. — When a stone of...
Seite 311 - ... as they lose their appetites in a short time; and commonly in about two years expire, from a total contraction of all the joints of the body. In this horrid mansion I walked after my guide for some time, pondering on the strange tyranny and avarice of mankind, when I was...
Seite 332 - ... they ascended, their clothes emitted a smell somewhat resembling the waters of Gilsland and Harrow-gate, but more particularly allied to that of the turpentine distilled from coal tar. The report of these last adventurers partly succeeded in convincing the people that there was no possibility of any of their friends being found alive. Some, indeed, went away silent, but not satisfied ; others with pitiable importunity besought that measures to recover their friends might even yet be adopted and...
Seite 310 - ... of the Count Alberti, with whom you were once acquainted. You remember him one of the gayest, most agreeable, persons at the court of Vienna; at once the example of the men, and the favourite of the fair sex. I...
Seite 412 - If the view from the top be painful and intolerable, that from below is delightful in an equal...
Seite 327 - A slight trembling, as from an earthquake, was felt for about half a mile around the workings; and the noise of the explosion, though dull, was heard to three or four miles distance, and much resembled an unsteady fire of infantry. Immense quantities of dust and small coal accompanied these blasts, and rose high into the air, in the form of an inverted cone. The heaviest part of the ejected matter, such...