The miniature guide to the Rhine

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Page 157 - ... noble architecture of the middle ages; whose banks present every variety of wild and picturesque rocks, thick forests, fertile plains; vineyards, sometimes gently sloping, sometimes perched among lofty crags, where industry has won a domain among the fortresses of nature; whose banks are ornamented with populous cities, flourishing towns and villages, castles and ruins, with which a thousand legends are connected...
Page 157 - There are rivers whose course is longer, and whose volume of water is greater, but none which unites almost everything that can render an earthly object magnificent and charming, in the same degree as the Rhine. As It flows down from the distant ridges of the Alps, through fertile regions into the open sea, so it comes down from remote antiquity, associated in every age with momentous events, in the history of the neighbouring nations.
Page 159 - ... water. Several smaller ones are attached to it by way of protection, besides a string of boats, loaded with anchors and cables, and used for the purpose of sounding the river and going on shore.
Page 159 - A well-supplied boiler is at work night and day in the kitchen ; the dinner hour is announced by a basket stuck on a pole, at which signal the pilot gives the word of command, and the workmen run from all quarters to receive their messes. The consumption of provisions...
Page viii - British subject." 4. Passports are granted between the hours of twelve and four, on the day following that on which the application for the Passport has been received at the Foreign Office. 5. Passports are granted to persons who are either known to the Secretary of State or recommended to him by some person who is known to him; or upon the written application of any Banking Firm established in London, or in any other part of the United Kingdom.
Page 268 - The more distant objects are, Spires, and Mannheim with its slated dome to the left, Worms and its Gothic cathedral opposite, and the dark towers of Mayence lower down. The tower is built on the very edge of the declivity. The smoking villages, the gardens, vineyards, and orchards of the Bergstrasse, appeared immediately beneath us. We traced the course of the Rhine, which now gleamed in the bright sun, and appeared little removed from the base of the mountain, from above Mannheim, almost to Bingen,...
Page 159 - The expenses are so great, that a capital of three or four hundred thousand florins (about 35,000/.) is considered necessary to undertake a raft. Their navigation is a matter of considerable skill, owing to the abrupt windings, the rocks, and shallows of the river ; and some years ago the secret was thought to be monopolized, by a boatman of Riidesheim and his son.
Page viii - Office Passports must be countersigned at the Mission, or at some Consulate in England, of the Government of the country which the bearer of the passport intends to visit.
Page viii - Foreign-office passports must be made in writing, and addressed to her Majesty's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, with the word " Passport
Page 129 - ... or reflector, by means of which a person in the room, sitting before the window, can see by reflection the whole length of the street, the passengers, the trees, the canal, and the shipping. — When two of these...

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