Campaigns and cruises, in Venezuela and New Grenada, and in the Pacific ocean, 1817 to 1830: also, Tales of Venezuela, Band 1

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Seite 158 - Paramos in unfavorable weather. Multitudes of small crosses are fixed in the rocks by some pious hands in memory of former travelers who have died here ; and along the path are strewed fragments of sadlery, trunks and various articles that have been abandoned, and resemble the traces of a routed army.
Seite 136 - Manihot. rpjjjg t},ey do, merely with a piece of calabash, which they keep in constant motion ; pressing gently every part of the surface, until the heat has united the meal into a cake, without in the least altering its colour or scorching it. Their method of turning a cassava cake of that size resembles sleight of hand ; for they effect it with two pieces of split cane, without breaking it, though scarcely so thick as a dollar, and only as yet half cemented together, and of a substance always brittle,...
Seite 167 - She was immediately tried by a military court (martial law having been proclaimed in the capital), and was condemned to be shot, together with her lover; although no proofs whatever could be produced of his having been privy to her undertaking. They were placed in capilla, for twelve hours, previous to being brought out for execution ; but even this short interval would not have been granted, had not Zamano considered it of the greatest importance to discover, if possible, who were her accomplices....
Seite 167 - Spanish officers themselves, at the tertulias, or evening conversaziones at her house, which were frequented by many of them, who listened with delight to her powers of conversation and singing, accompanied by her guitar. From these officers, who could not possibly suspect so young, and apparently artless, a female, of any dangerous design, she used to enquire, as if merely in the course of conversation, about their respective regiments ; and, by asking after their absent companions, she found means...
Seite 163 - Tunja early the next morning, having passed the royalist army in the dark, by a forced march through bye roads; while Barreyra was retreating more leisurely in the same direction by a different road. This was an important advantage, gained by Bolivar ; for he had now obtained a strong position in a country where all were friendly to him ; where there was also plenty of provisions to refresh his exhausted soldiers and an ample supply of clothing, of which they stood greatly in need. Recruits soon...
Seite 114 - Instead of flyinar, as the deer and other timid animals, they gallop round in compact masses of many thousands, apparently for the purpose of reconnoitring the strangers; and frequently advance boldly to within a few yards of the line of march, where they halt to gaze at the troops, snorting and showing every sign of astonishment and displeasure, especially at sight of the cavalry.
Seite 136 - ... plaited work tight together, diminishing its capacity, and squeezing out the juice. When all the fluid is extracted, the mangueras are emptied of their contents on raw hides, laid in the sun, where the coarse flour soon dries. It is then baked on smooth plates, made of dry clay, with a slow fire below. This is the most difficult part of the process. The coarse flour is laid perfectly dry on the hot plates, where the women, with a dexterity only to be acquired by practice, spread it out in a round...
Seite 158 - ... but the general appearance of this range, when near, is that of mountains incrusted with ice, cracked in many places, from whence cascades are constantly rushing. There is no longer any beaten track, for the ground is rocky and broken; with not the least sign of vegetation, except dark coloured lichens; and, in some places, covered with patches of frozen snow.
Seite 168 - ... so near, she implored him, as her last request, if he had ever really loved her, to show, by his death, that he was worthy of her choice ; assuring him that the tyrant Zamano would never spare his life, whatever disclosures he might make, and reminding him that he ought to derive consolation from the reflection that his death was shared by her he loved. The friars then retired, and the firing party made ready. She then, for the first time, felt dread, and exclaimed, " Conque, verdugos, teneis...
Seite 136 - Their method of turning a cassava cake of that size resembles sleight of hand ; for they effect it with two pieces of split cane, without breaking it, though scarcely so thick as a dollar, and only as yet half cemented together, and of a substance always brittle, especially when warmed. This bread is very nourishing, and will melt to a jelly in a liquid ; but it is dangerous if eaten in any quantity when dry, as it swells, on being moistened, to many times its original bulk. It will keep good for...

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