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On The Mighty Amazon
AFLOAT upon the mighty Amazon; steaming up the greatest river in the world ; riding on and on over a yellow in-land sea, now coasting shores lined with tropical vegetation, and now so far out that one bank is only a hazy line of blue as seen from the other. I am on an ocean steamer 800 miles from the Atlantic, in the greatest river valley in the world.
The Great Cities Of The Amazon
THE great cities of the Amazon valley! It seems odd to think of the savage Amazon having cities at all, but it is really a trade centre, annually exporting products worth many millions of dollars. The biggest city on it is Pará, which lies at° its mouth, 1,000 miles east of Manáos where this chapter is written.
In The India—rubber Camps
THIS is the India-rubber age, and the Amazon is its main-spring. Down its turbid waters floats the elastic material that ties the world together. Amazon rubber is the best of all rubber; it furnishes the bulk of the product, and the nations of the earth pay tribute to Pará.
Brazil And The United States
DURING my travels in Brazil, covering 8,000 miles, and including all the chief industrial centres, I have investigated the trade conditions and the chances for the investment of American capital. The country seems to me to be in the infancy of its development. It will some day support a hundred people where it now supports one.
In The Guianas
THE GUIANAS are different from the other countries of South America in that they are colonial possessions of European Powers. British Guiana belongs to Great Britain, Dutch Guiana is owned by Holland, and French Guiana is governed by France.
Venezuela, And The Orinoco Basin
VENEZUELA is yearly coming closer to the United States; our new possessions in the West Indies make her almost a neighbour. We have regular ships that sail from New York to La Guaira, calling at Porto Rico on the way. The trade between the two countries steadily increases.
Book Of Merlin, And The Coming Of Arthur - I
IT befel in the days of the noble Utherpendragon, when he was king of England, and so reigned, there was a mighty and a noble duke in Cornwall, that held long time war against him ; and the duke was named the duke of Tintagil.
Book Of Merlin, And The Coming Of Arthur - II
THEN Ulfius was glad, and rode on more than a pace till that he came unto king Utherpendragon, and told him he had met with Merlin.
Book Of Merlin, And The Coming Of Arthur - III
Then the queen Igraine drew daily near her time when the child Arthur should be born, and it fell, within half a-year, that king Uther asked her by the faith she owed unto him, who was father to her child? Then was she sore abashed to give an answer.
Book Of Merlin, And The Coming Of Arthur - IV
Now assay you, - said Sir Ector to Sir Kaye. And anon he pulled at the sword with all his might, but it would not be. Now shall ye assay, - said Sir Ector to Arthur. With a good will, - said Arthur, and pulled it out easily. And therewithal Sir Ector kneeled down to the earth, and Sir Kaye also.
Book Of Merlin, And The Coming Of Arthur - V
AND, at the feast of Pentecost, all manner of men assayed for to pull at the sword that would assay ; and none might prevail but Arthur, and he pulled it out before all the lords and commons that were there...
Book Of Merlin, And The Coming Of Arthur - VI
THEN king Arthur removed into Wales, and let cry a great feast, that it should be holden at Pentecost, after the coronation of him at the city of Carlion. Unto this feast came king Lot, of Lothian and of Orkney, with five hundred knights with him.
Book Of Merlin, And The Coming Of Arthur - VII
THEN king Arthur came out of his tower, and had underneath his gown a jessernaut of double mail, which was good and sure ; and there went with him the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Sir Boudwine, of Britain, and Sir Kaye, the seneschal, and Sir Brastias.
Book Of Merlin, And The Coming Of Arthur - VIII
So, after the feast and tourney, king Arthur drew him to London, and by the counsel of Merlin the king did call his barons to counsel; for Merlin had told the king that the six knights that made war upon him would in all haste be avenged on him and on his lands.
Book Of Merlin, And The Coming Of Arthur - IX
KING Arthur and the two knights let dispart the seven hundred knights in two parties ; and there were three hundred knights of the realm of Benwicke, and they of Gaul turned on the other side. Then they dressed their shields, and many good knights couched their spears.
Book Of Merlin, And The Coming Of Arthur - X
THEN king Arthur, and king Ban, and king Bors departed with their fellowship, about twenty thousand, and came, within six days, into the country of Cameliard, and there rescued king Leodegraunce, and slew there much people of king Rience, unto the number of ten thousand men, and put him to flight.
Book Of Merlin, And The Coming Of Arthur - XI
THEN after that king Ban and king Bois were departed, king Arthur rode unto Carlion, and thither came to him Lot's wife, of Orkney, in manner of a messenger; but she was sent thither to espy the court of king Arthur, and she came richly beseen with her four sons, Gawaine, Gaheris, Agravaine, and Gareth, with many other knights and ladies...
Book Of Merlin, And The Coming Of Arthur - XII
SIR KNIGHT, - said king Arthur, - leave that quest and suffer me to have it, and I will follow it another twelve months. Ah! fool, - said the knight to king Arthur, - thy desire is vain; for it shall never be achieved but by me, or by my next kin.
Book Of Merlin, And The Coming Of Arthur - XIII
RIGHT so came Ulfius, and said openly, that the king and all that were there might hear, - Ye are the falsest lady of the world, and most traitress unto the king's person.
Book Of Merlin, And The Coming Of Arthur - XIV
Thou art full young and tender of age, - said King Arthur, - for to take so high an order upon thee.
Book Of Merlin, And The Coming Of Arthur - XV
WHEN the knight saw him lay so on the ground, he alighted, and was passing heavy, for he weened he had slain him ; and then he unlaced his helm and gave him wind; and so, with the truncheon, he set him upon his horse, and betook him to God, and said, he had a mighty heart, and if he might live, he would prove a passing good knight.
Book Of Merlin, And The Coming Of Arthur - XVI
THEREWITHAL came Merlin and said, - Knight, hold thy hand, for and thou slay that knight thou puttest this realm in the greatest damage that ever realm was in, for this knight is a man of more worship than thou wottest of.
Book Of Merlin, And The Coming Of Arthur - XVII
THE meanwhile came a messenger hastily from King Rience, of North Wales, and he was king of all Ireland, and many isles, and this was his message, greeting well King Arthur in this manner wise, saying, that King Rience had discomfited and overcome eleven kings, and every each of them did him homage...
Book Of Merlin, And The Coming Of Arthur - XVIII
THEN King Arthur let send for all the children that were born on May-day, begotten of lords, and born of ladies. For Merlin told King Arthur that he that should destroy him should be born on May-day; wherefore he sent for them all, upon pain of death.
The Road To Vidalia
THE river ran several thousand miles, from a land of snow and fir trees and brief summers to a land of long, long summers, cane and orange. The river was wide. It dealt in loops and a tortuous course, and for the most part it was yellow and turbid and strong of current.
Cape Jessamine
THE two came from beneath the dripping trees out upon the cleared bank of the Mississippi, and into a glare of pine torches. The rain had lessened, the fitful wind beat the flames sideways, but failed to conquer them. There was, too, a tar barrel burning.
Vicksburg
SEVERAL days later, having crossed at Vidalia and passed through Natchez, he came to Vicksburg.
Chickasaw Bayou
FOR ages and ages, water, ceaselessly streaming, ceaselessly seeping, through and over the calcareous silt, had furrowed the region until now there was a medley and labyrinth of narrow ravines and knife-blade ridges. Where the low grounds opened out it was apparently only that they might accommodate bayous, or some extension of a bayou, called by courtesy a lake.
Fort Pemberton
VAN DORN's raid and the battle of Chickasaw Bayou made of naught the December '62 — January '63 push against Vicksburg. Grant fell back to Memphis. McClernand, Sherman's superior, withdrew the thirty thousand column from before the Walnut Hills, to the Yazoo and down it, into the Mississippi and up that vast and turbid stream.
The River
THE two men were strong, magnificently formed negroes, one middle-aged, one young. It ain't easy, marster, - said the first. River's on er rampage. Jes' er-look how she's swirlin' an' spittin' an' sayin' things! An' erbout every day now dar's er crevasse! Yankees make them befo' breakfast.
Port Gibson
THE twenty-eight guns sent out continuously shot and shell against the blue ironclads, the gunboats, the transports. The blue returned the fire with fervency. Not before had the shores rocked to such sound, the heavens been filled with such a display. The firing was furious, the long shriek and explosion of crossing shells, bluff and river screaming like demons.
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