A Dictionary, Geographical, Statistical, and Historical; Of the Various Countries, Places, and Principal Natural Objects in the World Volume 4

A Dictionary, Geographical, Statistical, and Historical; Of the Various Countries, Places, and Principal Natural Objects in the World Volume 4

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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. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ...principally consists of salted flesh and fish, eggs, milk, and hard bread. At Michaelmas they usually kill their cattle, and salt them for the ensuing winter and spring. Twice a year they bake bread, in large round cakes, which are strung on fiies of sticks, suspended from the ceilings of the cottages: this bread is so hard as to be occasionally broken with a hatehet, but is not unpleasant. The peasants use beer for common drink, and are much addicted to malt spirits. In the districts towards the W. coasts, and at no great distance inland, tea and coffee are not unusually found in the cottages, which are procured in great plenty, and at a cheap rate from Gottenburg. 'The peasants are well clad in strong cloth of their own weaving. Their cottages, though built with wood, and only of one story, are comfortable and commodious. The room in which the family sleep, is provided with ranges of beds in tiers (if I may so express myself) one above the other: on the wooden testers of the beds in which the women lie, are placed others for the reception of the men, to which they ascend by ladders. To a person who has just quitted Germany, and been accustomed to tolerable inns, the Swedish cottages may, perhaps, appear miserable hovels; but to me, who had been long used to places of far inferior accommodation in Russia, they seemed comfortable places of reception. The traveller is able to procure many conveniences, and particularly a separate room from that inhabited by the fannly, which could seldom be obtained in the Polish and Russian villages. During my course through those two countries, a bed was a phenomenon which seldom occurred, excepting in the large towns, and, even then, not always completely equipped; but the poorest huts of Sweden were never...show more

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  • Paperback | 578 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 30mm | 1,021g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123661724X
  • 9781236617248