Eldorado, Or, Adventures in the Path of Empire; By Bayard Taylor Volume . 2
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ... ancient city of Morelia and the valley of Toluca. This route offered less of general interest than that of Lagos and Guanajuato, but had the attraction of being little travelled by strangers and little known. Perhaps I lost nothing by the change, for the hills near Zamora are robber-ground, and I had no desire to look into the barrels of three or four levelled muskets a second time. and agreeable citizens. I never entered a place under such woeful auspices, nor passed the time of my stay more delightfully. In walking about the streets I was often hailed with the word " uistli.!" by some of the lower class. From the sound I thought it might possibly be an old Aztec word of salutation; but one day I met a man, who, as he said it, held up a bottle of mescal, and I saw at once that he meant whiskey. The fact that it was constantly repeated to me as an American, gave rather a curious inference as to the habits of the emigrants who had passed through the city before me. The appearance of Guadalajara on Sunday morning was very cheerful and beautiful. Everybody was in the streets, though not more than half the shops were closed; the bells rang at intervals from the cathedral and different churches; the rancheros flocked in from the country, the men in snow-white shirts and blue calzoneros, the women in their best rebosas and petticoats of some gay colour; and the city, clean swept by the convicts, and flooded with warm sunshine, seemed to give itself up truly to a holiday. I walked down along the banks of the little river which divides it into two unequal parts. The pink towers of the Bishop's Palace rose lightly in the air; up a long street, the gateway of the Convent of San Francisco stood relieved against a shaded court-yard; the...
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- 01 Apr 2013
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