This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ...a sort of a inlet lake that feeds a long portion of the grand canal. A promontory is formed by the meetin' of the two waters, and all round this point of land, risin' to a height of twenty-two feet, is a rough stun wall. This wall is a reproduction of the dangerous coast of Spain, and back on this rise of ground can be seen the Convent of La Rabida, a fac-simile, or, as you might say, a similer fact, a exact reproduction of the convent where Columbus planned out his voyage to the new world. Yes, within these walls wuz born the great and darin' scheme of Columbus--a great birth indeed; only next to us in eternal consequences to the birth in the manger. It stands jest as it ort to, a-facin' the risin' sun. A low, eight-sided cupalo surmounts the choir space inside the chapel, and above the nave rises the balcony. On three sides of a broad, open court are the lonesome cloisters in which the Monks knelt in their ceaseless prayers. The chapel floor is a little higher than the court and cloisters, and is paved with bricks. It wuz at this very convent door that Columbus arrived heartsore and weary after seven years' fruitless labor in the cause he held so clost to his heart. Seven long years that he had spent beggin' and importunin' for help to carry out his Heaven-sent visions. A livin' light shinin' in his sad eyes, and he couldn't git anybody else to see it. Almost Naked, Foot-sore, Heart-soee, He Arrived At The Convent Gate. The constant washin' of new seas on new shores, and he couldn't git anybody to hear 'em. A constant glow, prophetic and ardent, longin' to carry the religion of Christ into a new land that he knew wuz awaitin' him, but everybody else deaf and dumb to his heart-sick longin's. Oh, I thought to myself as I stood there, if that poor...
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