Oriental Encounters by Marmaduke William Pickthall

Author: Marmaduke William Pickthall
Published: 1918
Language: English
Wordcount: 60,243 / 172 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.3
LoC Category: G

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Genres: Travel, History

the whole subject the soldier turned away. He plucked a cigarette out of his girdle and prepared to light it. His companion on the donkey had not turned his head nor shown the slightest interest in the discussion. This had lasted long enough. I knew that in another minute I should have to laugh. If anything remained for me to do it must be done immediately. Whipping my revolver from the holster, I held it close against the rascal’s head, yelling: ‘Give back the knife this minute, or I kill thee!’

The man went limp. The knife came back as quick as lightning. I gave it to the muleteer, who blubbered praise to Allah and made off with it. Equally relieved, I was about to follow when the utterly forlorn appearance of the soldier moved me to open the revolver, showing that it was not loaded. Then my adversary was transfigured. His back straightened, his mouth closed, his eyes regained their old intelligence. He stared at me a moment, half incredulous, and then he laughed. Ah, how that soldier laughed! The ow

Westminster by Geraldine Edith Mitton

With a Chapter on the Abbey by Mrs. A. Murray Smith.

Author: Geraldine Edith Mitton
Co-authors: Mrs. A. Murray Smith, Sir Walter Besant
Published: 1902
Language: English
Wordcount: 23,200 / 76 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 65.9
LoC Category: G

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Genres: Travel, History

round in any case can have been only low-lying, for large marshy pools remained until comparatively recent times, one of which was known as the Scholars’ Pond. Dean Stanley has aptly termed these fields the Smithfield of West London. Here everything took place which required an open space–combats, tournaments, and fairs.

In a map of the middle of the eighteenth century we see a few scattered houses lying to the south of Horseferry Road just below the bend, and Rochester Row stretching like an arm out into the open ground. Two of the great marshy pools are also marked. If all accounts are to be believed, this spot was noted for its fertility and the beauty of its wild-flowers. From Strype’s Survey we learn that the fields supplied London and Westminster with “asparagus, artichokes, cauliflowers and musk melons.” The author of “Parochial Memorials” says that the names of Orchard Street, Pear Street and Vine Street are reminiscent of the cultivation of fruit in Westminster, but these names more probably

What Led to the Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke

Author: John Hanning Speke
Published: 1863
Language: English
Wordcount: 99,931 / 290 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 50.6
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Genres: History, Travel

equence in the land,–the Webbe (river) Shebéli, or Haines river, which is of considerable importance, having a large flow of water, trending down a cultivable district of rich red soil, and another less important to the eastward of these two, called very unfortunately by him the Wadi[4] Nogal. The proper specific name for this river has never, to my knowledge, been given; but the Jid Ali Tug is one of its head branches. It rises in some small hills close overhanging the north coast, and runs south-easterly into the Indian Ocean, dividing two large territories, called Ugahden, or Haud, on the west, and Nogal on the east, mouthing at Ras Ul Khylé. Ugahden is said to be a flat grassy country, of red soil, almost stoneless, and having water everywhere near the surface. It is considered by the pastoral Somali a famous place for keeping cattle, of which by report they possess a great abundance, such as camels, ponies, cows, and Dumba sheep–a fat-tailed animal, like the Persian breed. Game also abounds in this country, of which the gazelles and antelopes, I was assured, roamed about in vast herds like sheep.

The Nogal country is the opposite of this, containing nothing of any material value in it. The rock-formation is all lime, very pure and white like marble, which consequently makes the soil white, and, being very stony, it is almost barren. The Somali keep cattle here, but with much apparent difficulty, being, from the scarcity of springs and want of water, obliged to march about, following the last falls of rain, to obtain fresh herbage for their cattle. My first and greater journey gave me an insight into this portion of the interior of the country south of Bunder Gori. It was very interesting, though not profitable, from its never having been visited by any Europeans before. I observed here two distinct leading features in its physical geography. The first is a narrow hill-range, about 180 miles long and 20 or more broad, which is occupied by two large tribes–the Warsingali on the east, and a branch of the

Through Our Unknown Southwest by Agnes C. Laut

Author: Agnes C. Laut
Published: 1913
Language: English
Wordcount: 80,937 / 231 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 68.3
LoC Category: GV

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Genres: Travel, History

t you to game haunts out West where you can shoot a grizzly a week at no cost at all but your own courage; and bag a dozen wild turkeys before breakfast; and catch mountain trout faster than you can string them and pose for a photograph; and you won’t need to lie about the ones that got away, nor boast of what it cost you; for you can do it at two dollars a day from start to finish. It would take you a good half-day to count up the number of tourist and steamboat agencies that organize sightseeing excursions to go and apostrophize the Sphinx, and bark your shins and swear and sweat on the Pyramids. Yet it would be a safe wager that outside official scientific circles, there is not a single organization in America that knows we have a Sphinx of our own in the West that antedates Egyptian archæology by 8,000 years, and stone lions older than the columns of Phrygia, and kings’ palaces of 700 and 1,000 rooms. Am I yarning; or dreaming? Neither! Perfectly sober and sane and wide awake and just in from spendi

Viajes por Europa y América by Gorgonio Petano y Mazariegos

Author: Gorgonio Petano y Mazariegos
Published: 1858
Language: Spanish
Wordcount: 57,944 / 194 pg
LoC Category: G

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Genre: Travel

, con una vida industrial asombrosa, con sus innumerables fábricas de cuanto la industria conoce[1], con su puerto importante donde todos los dias tocan vapores de todos los paises, con sus tres teatros públicos, dos de ópera italiana, con sus doscientos treinta mil habitantes, con sus magníficas plazas y calles, sus monumentos, su prodigiosa animacion, su constante actividad, con sus buenos hoteles, sus paseos, su creciente prosperidad; Barcelona, concluimos, es una ciudad de alta significacion y de la importancia de cualquiera otra ciudad de Europa que como ella no sea capital de nacion.

Valencia, ciudad pintoresca y animada, con una poblacion laboriosa y trabajadora, con su industria de seda tan avanzada, puerto de mar concurrido, mucho comercio, caminos de hierro á Játiva y al Grao, dos teatros públicos, muchas iglesias notables bajo el aspecto del arte, la campiña mas deliciosa que imaginarse puede, toda cultivada admirablemente palmo &aacute

Op Martinique en Sint-Vincent, de veelgeteisterde eilanden by G. Verschuur

Author: G. Verschuur
Published: 1904
Language: Dutch
Wordcount: 13,228 / 48 pg
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Genre: Travel

ijke sporen van een zeer hooge temperatuur.

Onafhankelijk hiervan is een andere waarneming, in den Azorenarchipel gedaan, niet onbelangrijk. Op een diepte van 900 M., waar de normale temperatuur ongeveer 9 graden bedraagt, heeft men een warmtegraad van 13 1/2 graad waargenomen.

Ik ben driemaal te Prêcheur geweest. De verwoesting van dit deel der kust is niet veroorzaakt door opwaartsche drukking van de gassen, maar moet worden toegeschreven aan geweldige stormvloeden en enorme aschregens. Men zou meenen in de woestijn te zijn; op sommige plaatsen zakt de voet in de diepte weg, als bij een wandeling door de duinen aan de Noordzeekusten. De meeste huizen van het vroegere dorp zijn verpletterd, plat gedrukt; hier en daar steekt een matras of een gebroken meubelstuk op uit de aschhoopen. Ik zie, hoe een rail van de tram tusschen Prêcheur en Saint-Pierre verscheiden meubels omhoog houdt.

Door een uitgevallen kozijn aan de voorzij kan men wat er over is van een ingestort huis in oog

Op Samoa by Eginhard von Barfus

Author: Eginhard von Barfus
Published: 1901
Language: Dutch
Wordcount: 46,946 / 152 pg
LoC Category: G

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ur vernamen, ontspringt de Sigago op de zuidelijke hellingen van den 2500 voet hoogen berg Godefroy, ongeveer vijftien kilometer zuid-oostelijk van Apia, en stroomt dan door een heerlijk vruchtbaar dal tot aan zijn mond bij Apia voort.

Ik was letterlijk overweldigd door den aanblik van deze menigte kokospalmen, bananen, benevens papaya’s, oranje-mango-broodvruchtboomen en bloeiende heestergewassen, wier namen mij onbekend waren; en dan, die kostelijke, bedwelmende geur, dien voornamelijk de bloeiende oranjeboomen en heesters verspreidden! Het was inderdaad verrukkelijk!

Daar wij zonder iets gebruikt te hebben de stad verlaten hadden, rustten wij een uur later in een schaduwrijk boschje van oranjeboomen en bananenpalmen, en verkwikten ons aan de versnaperingen, die de bedienden ons uit de tasschen toereikten.

Zooals de directeur nu onder ons ontbijt vertelde, had het huis Johan Cesar Godefroy en zoon in 1857 zijn eerste handelszaak op Upolu in Apia opgericht, en spoedig daarna in het bovendal van den

West African studies by Mary H. Kingsley

Author: Mary H. Kingsley
Published: 1899
Language: English
Wordcount: 201,410 / 570 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 70.3
LoC Category: DT

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Genre: Travel

e, Miss Kingsley,” he said sadly; “you and I are only fit for Sunday school entertainments.”

It is thus with me about this Crown Colony affair. I know I have not risen to the height other people–my superiors, like the purser–would rise to, if they knew it; but at the same time, I may seem to those who do not know it, who only know the good intentions of England, and who regard systems as inanimate things, to be speaking harshly. I would not have mentioned this affair at all, did I not clearly see that our present method of dealing with tropical possessions under the Crown Colony system was dangerous financially, and brought with it suffering to the native races and disgrace to English gentlemen, who are bound to obey and carry out the orders given them by the system.

Plotinus very properly said that the proper thing to do was to superimpose the idea upon the actual. I am not one of those who will ever tell you things are impossible, but I am particularly hopeful in this matter. England has an