Arctic sunbeams; or, From Broadway to the Bosphorus, by way of the North Cape Volume 2

9781236610980: Arctic sunbeams; or, From Broadway to the Bosphorus, by way of the North Cape Volume 2
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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. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...We wandered over broken bricks, stones, and timbers for an hour or more. Some of the houses yet stand, with their gaps and cracks, unfit for residence. Others have their foundations turned up by the volcanic forces, and their walls lean perilously against other walls, in grim disorder. The " Court-house" was tumbled to pieces. It was a large building of two stories. Upon the ruins, and regardless of old boundary lines, shanties are being built of wood, and some better houses of sun-dried brick and frames, all low and one-storied. Donkeys and mules are carrying in their panniers fresh materials. Masons and carpenters are sweating in the sun, for the people must have shelter before winter. The old wooden structures were saved. A few Greek priests, in their black robes, and tall, rimless, black hats, are moving about; while strange oriental faces, with huge, black, sad eyes, and brown faces, peep from window and door at us under our umbrellas, as we survey the ruins. There are many tents on the grounds. They remind me of the day after the fire I once saw at Truckee, on the top of the Sierras. Everything seems improvised. There are signs of life, however, quite usual. Pigeons flutter in the ruins, birds carol, ducks squawk, hens cluck, and roosters crow, cats move about noiseiessly and mew a little, as if fearful of something-, and donkeys are heard from! I ask the guide, Chooralos, "Did the animals make any outcry when the earthquake gave its premonition, or afterward?" "You should," he said, "have heard them sound their songs of despair. It was at one o'clock in the daytime when the shocks began. The shocks made a noise--a whirring noise, and the upheaval was followed by a horizontal motion; but come with me to...

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