The Golden Horseshoe; Extracts from the Letters of Captain H. L. Herndon of the 21st U.S. Infantry, on Duty in the Philippine Islands, Adn Lieutenant Lawrence Gill, A.D.C. to the Military Governor of Puerto Rico

The Golden Horseshoe; Extracts from the Letters of Captain H. L. Herndon of the 21st U.S. Infantry, on Duty in the Philippine Islands, Adn Lieutenant Lawrence Gill, A.D.C. to the Military Governor of Puerto Rico

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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. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...thanks to the outlay of a few coppers, we got along very well indeed, certainly we were not crowded; indeed, I should say that the whole population of Macoa of all colors could be comfortably stowed away in the spacious nave of this great cathedral fortress. Both the outgoing and the incoming governors shone with gold lace and were dazzling to look upon, because of the innumerable medals by which their breasts were covered as with chain armor. The governors looked as much alike as peas in a pod, and though it was certainly none of my business or concern what happened to this loyal though plague-ridden and impoverished colony, I began to grow apprehensive that Dom Christoforo, who certainly had the advantage in the matter of local knowledge, would come out strong and take the oath of office and send his "God-given" successor back to Portugal again; for, while the new man's face did not bear out in a single lineament the promise of his name, I did not think it possible that he could do worse than Dom Christoforo. High up above us in the dim twilight of the cathedral, in lonely state, the bishop sat upon his purple chair. The outgoing and the incoming representatives of the crown stood at the foot of the episcopal throne. Now and again they would kneel in prayer, as men who were seeking on high support and guidance for the performance of the duties they were respectively entering upon. Now and again in their persons the State made obeisance before the Church in the person of the bishop. In his right hand Dom Christoforo grasped tightly, as though he hated to lose it a moment before he had to, the vara of his office. It was a long black staff encircled with gold cords and studded with brilliant, and perhaps precious, stones. The long, low...show more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123653025X
  • 9781236530257