The Friend Volume 58

The Friend Volume 58

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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. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...an almost unexplored region. Here the aboriginal Indians roam with all the freedom of their ancestors before Spanish dominion. Somewhere in this wild region, rumor says, is situated a "mysterious city" described by Stephens and Morelet, said to have walls of silver which glisten so that they can be seen one hundred miles away, and to be still occupied by the descend ants of its original builders. The ruins of former races may be traced throughout all Southern Mexico, through Oaxaca, Chiapas, Tabasco, and Yucatan, until they culminate in the latter State in the wonderful structures that are the amazement of the present gene ration; but all are silent cities, --all their in habitants departed, hundreds, perhaps thous ands. of years ago. "But here is Baid to be a veritable aborigi nal city, not only preserving its own people, but retaining all the ancient customs and rites of their progenitors. "This is a region more worthy of investigation than the heart of Africa. To find the key to lost arts and manufactures, to find a people still preserving the rites of sacrifice this were enough to incite hundreds to exploration. "Unfortunately, those who go in never return! It is easy enough, apparently, to penetrate to that city, but no one who has once been there has ever been known to reach tbe coast again." The evidence that such a city still remains is by no means sufficient to satisfy an inquirer of the truth of tbe rumors respecting it. It is indeed very improbable that any of the tribes inhabiting those regions retain the culture and civilization that must have been possessed by those who built these wonderful ruins. Yet Stephens, the explorer, thinks it possible that "within this secluded region may exist at...show more

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  • Paperback | 728 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 37mm | 1,279g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123676014X
  • 9781236760142