Travels in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway

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Bentham & Hardy, 1826 - 179 pages
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Page 91 - The smoke would not suffer us to remain where we were ; nor durst we turn back. It seemed best to hasten forward, in hopes of speedily reaching the outskirts of the Wood ; but in this we were disappointed. We ran as fast as we could, in order to avoid being crushed by the falling trees, some of which threatened us every minute. Sometimes the fall of a...
Page 140 - All the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
Page 90 - Several days ago the forests had been set on fire by lightning, and the flames raged at this time with great violence, owing to the drought of the season. I traversed a space, three quarters of a mile...
Page 167 - ... determine their relative strength. When this has been fairly ascertained, they advance to the brink of the precipice; and, taking each other by the tail, the weakest descends first, while the strongest, forming the last in the row, suspends the whole number, till the foremost has reached their prey. A signal is then given, on which the uppermost fox pulls with all his might, and the rest assist him as well as they can with their feet against the rocks; in this manner they proceed from rock to...
Page 60 - ... ocean. It is divided into distinct columns of five or six miles in length and...
Page 76 - N. ; population in 1826, 79,526. Stockholm is generally described as standing on seven islands, but is chiefly built on three, of •which the small one in the centre constituted the original city, and is still the most busy part of the town, and the residence of the principal merchants. The Norrinalm and Sodermalm, the two principal suburbs, occupy several islands.
Page 56 - ... with a few mingling birch and juniper trees, he will have a general and tolerably correct notion of the real appearance of the country. If the sovereigns of Europe were to be designated each by some title characteristic of the nature of their dominions, we might call the Swedish monarch Lord of...
Page 91 - ... done, upon which a sudden noise arose in the half-burnt forest, such as I can only compare to what may be imagined among a large army attacked by an enemy. We knew not whither to turn our steps ; the smoke would not suffer us to remain where we were, and we durst not turn back.
Page 128 - An army would be completely in the power of even a handful of these troops, which, stopped by no obstacle, and swift as the wind, might attack it on all points ; while the depth of the snow, and the nature of the country, would not only make any pursuit impossible, but almost deprive them of the means of defence, the Skielobere still hovering round them like swallows, skimming the icy surface, and dealing destruction upon their helpless adversaries.

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