Brazil and Buenos Ayres, Band 2

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Seite 325 - There was at one time a positive law passed, forbidding any one to become a monk or a nun ; but they were obliged to repeal it, and it was afterwards passed with some modifications. The restrictions substituted, aided by public opinion, have nearly produced the desired effect. Few of the youth of the country apply themselves to the study of theology, since other occupations, much more tempting to their ambition, have been opened to their choice. Formerly the priesthood was the chief aim of young...
Seite 325 - Few of the youth of the country apply themselves to the study of theology, since other occupations much more tempting to their ambition have been opened to their choice. Formerly, the priesthood was the chief aim of young men of the best families who were desirous of distinction, as, in fact, it constituted almost the only profession to which those who had received a liberal education could devote themselves; which will readily account for the circumstance of so many of the secular clergy directing...
Seite 327 - Ayres, who cannot read and write. Besides the scholars thus instructed, many have private tutors. In addition to all this, I must not omit to mention the military academies supported by government at Buenos Ayres and Tucuman, at which there are a considerable number of cadets. There...
Seite 24 - On these serene and tranquil heights the noisy inhabitants of the wood are mute ; we no longer hear the howling of herds of monkeys, the incessant screams of innumerable parrots, orioles, and toucans, the far-sounding hammering of the wood-peckers, the metallic notes of the uraponga, the full tones of manakins, the cry of the hoccoes, jacues, &c.
Seite 327 - The school was to have opened in May or June last, on a more modern and liberal plan of discipline and instruction. The library of the state is kept in an adjoining building ; it occupies a suite of six rooms, and contains nearly 20,000 volumes, the greater part rare and valuable.
Seite 324 - Great prejudices prevail against whatever is Spanish. It is even offensive to them to be called by this name ; they prefer to be identified with the aborigines of the country. The appellation which they have assumed, and in which they take a pride, is that of South Americans. A powerful stimulus must necessarily have been given to their industry by two important circumstances — the diminution in prices of foreign merchandise, and the great increase in value of the products of the country, with...
Seite 323 - The country curates are moreover enjoined to read the newspapers and manifestoes, regularly to their flocks. The spirit of improvement may be seen in every thing. Even some of those who are under the influence of strong prejudices against the revolution, frequently remark the changes for better, which have taken place. Their habits, manners, dress, And mode of living, have been improved by intercourse with strangers, and the free introduction of foreign customs, particularly English, American, and...
Seite 203 - Stockings are scarcely ever used ; and during the rainy season, which is to them cold, they shuffle about in a pair of slippers, dressed in a thick blue and white cotton wrapper, or a woollen great coat faced with shag. When attending mass, a deep black silk mantle, worn over the head, conceals the transparent costume beneath. On some public occasions and visits of ceremony, a few ladies of rank adopt the European dress.
Seite 280 - One end of this is open to the harbour and to a fort in the hollow, close to the water; the other extremity is nearly closed by the cathedral.* One side is almost taken up with the palace and other public buildings, and the opposite space is occupied by dwelling-houses and streets leading down into other parts of the city. The ground upon which the whole town stands, is composed of a soft red stone, so that the smaller streets leading from the town into the country, some of which are not paved, are...
Seite 96 - On the other side of the area is a flooring of planks, from four to five yards long, imbedded in clay, extending the whole length of the shed, and having a slope from the canal, of three or four inches to a yard. This flooring is divided into about twenty compartments or troughs, each about three feet wide, by means of planks placed on their edge. The upper ends of all...

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