Old Leaves: Gathered from Household Words

Chapman and Hall, 1860 - 437 Seiten

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Seite 76 - On every side stood buildings of all kinds, begun or half-finished, and the greater part of them mere canvas sheds, open in front, and covered with all kinds of signs, in all languages. Great quantities of goods were piled up in the open air, for want of a place to store them. The streets were full of people, hurrying to and fro, and of as diverse and bizarre a character as the houses...
Seite 119 - It is far from my wish to promulgate to the world that the ridiculous expectations, or rather professions, of the enthusiastic...
Seite 179 - ... a body at once in a high degree solid and transparent, which might admit the light of the sun, and exclude the violence of the wind; which might extend the sight of the philosopher to new ranges of existence, and charm him at one time with the unbounded extent of...
Seite 215 - They have been framed with a due regard to economy and to the necessities of the public service. My Lords and Gentlemen...
Seite 179 - Who, when he saw the first sand or ashes, by a casual intenseness of heat, melted into a metalline form, rugged with excrescences, and clouded with impurities, would have imagined, that in this shapeless lump lay concealed so many conveniencies of life, as would in time constitute a great part of the happiness of the world...
Seite 165 - I felt lu as a botanist, and felt myself rewarded : a gigantic leaf from five to six feet in diameter, salver-shaped, with a broad rim ; of a light green above, and a vivid crimson below, resting upon the water. Quite in character with the wonderful leaf was the luxuriant flower, consisting of many hundred petals, passing in alternate tints from pure white to rose and pink. The smooth water was covered with the blossoms, and as I rowed from one to the other I always observed something new to admire.
Seite 164 - ... in Bank of England notes, with one or two private letters, which enabled him to restore the money to the owner, who, it turned out, had been so positive that he had left his hat-box at an hotel at Birmingham that he had made no inquiry for it at the railway-office. PARCEL-DELIVERY OFFICE. Besides what is termed the
Seite 41 - Because it is a slender thing of wood, That up and down its awkward arm doth sway, And coolly spout and spout and spout away, In one weak, washy, everlasting flood ! EPIGRAM.
Seite 162 - A soldier of the 22nd regiment had left his knapsack containing his kit ! Another soldier of the 10th, poor fellow, had left his scarlet regimental coat ! Some cripple, probably overjoyed at the sight of his family, had left behind him his crutches!! But what astonished us above all was, that some honest Scotchman, probably in the ecstasy of suddenly seeing among the crowd the face of his faithful Jeanie, had actually left behind him the best portion of his bagpipes...

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