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Belgrade, The Servian Capital
At daybreak on a glorious April morning we reached Belgrade, and as the train clattered across the iron bridge which separates it from the town of Semlin in Austrian territory, I have seldom looked upon a fairer picture than that of the White City, shining like a pearl through the silvery mists of sunrise.
Bucharest And Roumania
Whether Bucharest quite deserves the name of the Paris of the East, one quickly perceives the Parisian touch and color in this as in many other European capitals, and even in Africa, from Algiers to Cairo...
Cettinge, Montenegro's Capital
I had pictured Cettinge as a fiercely guarded stronghold, buried in the heart of the mountains —a town of frowning arches and dark, precipitous streets, swarming with armed men and bristling with fortifications, for somehow or other Montenegro is a name suggestive of grim places and people.
Bulgaria And Her People
Bulgaria is a country about as large as Scotland, which it resembles somewhat in its varied scenery, being divided into highlands and low-lands, broad plains alternating with lofty mountains.
The War Of 1912
In the early autumn of 1912, the western world was startled by news that Bulgaria, Servia, Montenegro, and Greece were rapidly mobilizing troops. Unless the great powers took strong measures to prevent it, war in the Balkans was seen to be inevitable.
There are four cities in the world that belong to the whole world rather than to any one nation, cities that have influenced the whole world, or round which its history has at one time or another revolved, cities in which students and philosophers from every country are equally interested.
St. Sophia
The principal church, which was dedicated by the founder of Constantinople to Saint Sophia, or the eternal wisdom, had been twice destroyed by fire; after the exile of John Chrysostom, and during the Nika of the blue and green factions.
The Bosporus
One charming morning, we ascended the strait in a steamboat that calls at the landings on the eastern shore. The Bosporus, if you will have it in a phrase, is a river of lapis lazuli lined with marble palaces.
Constantinople - The Walls
I had formed a resolution to make a grand expedition among those remote districts of Constantinople which are but rarely visited by travelers; their curiosity seldom extending farther than the Bezestin, the Atmeidan, Sultan-Bajazet, the Old Seraglio, and the environs of Saint-Sophia; around which localities are concentrated the life and movement of the Moslem city.
Constantinople - The Dogs
Constantinople is an immense dog kennel; every one makes the remark as soon as he arrives. The dogs constitute a second population of the city, less numerous, but not less strange than the first.
Constantinople - The Galata Bridge
To see the population of Constantinople, it is well to go upon the floating bridge, about one-quarter of a mile in length, which extends from the most advanced point of Galata to the opposite shore of the Golden Horn, facing the great mosque of the Sultana Valide.
The Turk As A Shopkeeper
I troubled myself a great deal with the Turkish tongue, and gained at last some knowledge of its structure.
When The Ottoman Turk Was In His Prime
But what must this city have been in the times of Ottoman glory ! I can not get that thought out of my head. The enormous turban gave a colossal and magnificent aspect to the male population. All the women, except the mother of the Sultan, went completely veiled, leaving nothing but the eyes visible, forming an anonymous and enigmatic population apart, and giving a gentle air of mystery to the city.
Elsewhere In The Southeast
Adrianople is two miles from the station. The night was pitch. Not a soul was about but the men on guard.
A Rose Garden Eighty Miles Long
Ladies who are fond of the most precious of perfumes, attar of roses, will find, if they have the best attar, the name Kasanlik on the label. But where is Kasanlik, whether in Germany or France, or Italy, is a matter which not one lady out of a thousand bothers her fair head about.
From The Black Sea To The Iron Gates
After two disagreeable nights and one disagreable day, we reached the Sulina mouth of the Danube. The river makes his muddy presence known far off shore, like the Mississippi, the Ganges, and the Yang-tze-kiang.
The Indians On Manhattan
Three or four hundred hungry Indians, who called themselves Manhattoes, were living on this island of Manhattan in what is now New York Bay when Henry Hudson sailed this way one day in the year 1609.
The White Man Arrives
In the same Inwood Park at the northwestern tip of Manhattan where the American Indians seek a reasonably durable shrine in a changing world, stands a tulip tree some three hundred years old—the oldest living thing on the island.
The Dutch Settle Manhattan
With the English settled in New England and Jamestown, and the French in the St. Lawrence, the Dutch by 1621 realized that they would have to colonize their part of America in order to hold it and continue control of the valuable fur harvest.
First Deals In Golden Earth
During the five years of Van Twiller's administration, the little trading settlement of New Amsterdam began to harden into a definite community.
The Shell Game Of Manhattan
When the Dutch arrived, in 1609, they found the Indians using seashell discs as measures of value and as a medium of exchange, a fiscal unit so prized that other forms of money, even gold and silver, meant nothing to them.
The English Conquest
The most fertile and accessible areas of Manhattan and near-by shores had already been appropriated when Stuyvesant arrived, waterfront sites being advantageous. One grant of this nature, to Isaac de Forest, on the Harlem opposite Bronck's Kill (the Bronx River) soon became the site of the village of New Harlem.
The British Fall To Rise Again
The seizure of New Netherland occurred almost at the beginning of the drive of the English toward world empire. As yet their sea power had not demonstrated invincibility against all possible conditions.
New York Becomes A City
In 1672, on the eve of the Dutch recapture of the city, New York is described as having from 400 to 500 houses, and these, according to an account ten years later, were of Dutch brick alla moderna.
The Money Mart - Old And New
The old Dutch town, lying east of Broadway and north of the fort, was not mapped until 1656, though title to individual plots was granted as early as 1643, the first of record being a lot on Brugh Street (now Bridge Street).
The Alchemist Of Wall Street
When Wall Street was still young enough to contain the Tontine Coffee House, the Pitt statue, and the Verplanck mansion, and yet old enough to have lost its palisades, sheep, and sugar refinery, a man with a past bought a house on that thoroughfare for 350 New York pounds.
Broadway - Country Lane To White Way
Broadway—broad only in comparison with the narrower streets of the East Side and in its lower reaches so constricted in breadth that the modern city planner is sorely grieved by it—has become one of the world's famous thoroughfares after most modest beginnings.
The Gridiron Plan Of 1807-11
Most of Manhattan is laid out on a gridiron plan originated in 1807 by three Commissioners, Gouverneur Morris, Simeon Dewitt, and John Rutherfurd, and approved by the Legislature in 1811.
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