The International Volume 2

The International 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. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...to arrive there the road must cross the mountains of Yablonoi. It was necessary that they should pass the crest without a tunnel, and with a grade not exceeding a half inch to a yard in the ascent. By this gradient, the highest point they reached was 3,772 feet above the level of the sea; the difference in altitude from that of Lake Baikal, which is 1,514 feet, being 2,258 feet for an increase of 700 versts. From Stretyinsk the old road followed the valley of the Amoor as far as Khabarovka, and then turned south toward Vladivostok, forming an immense curve, through a country where traffic was already insured through river navigation. It was a long and very expensive route, dead and respect for noble traditions. It may perhaps be said that no ceremonial is so touching in its simplicity; none certainly succeeds better in bringing together the great and the lowly, rich arid poor, in the same evocation of gloomy memories. # Every one knows the early history of this cemetery, which has become, in less than a century, the last resting place of 800,000 persons. It formerly formed a part of the domains of the bishopric of Paris, under the name of Champ-Le'veque; then its designation having been changed to MontLouis, under Louis XIV, it was given by the grand monarque to his confessor, Pere Francois d'Aix de la Chapelle. Its last title, "Lands of Pere-Lachaise," is the one that has survived to the present time. Under the Convention it was proposed to utilize this domain, which was looked upon as public property, as a place of sepulture; but the political whirlwind passed on, carrying with it the project and its authors. At last Napoleon I took up the work of the Convention; he entrusted to the architect Brongniart the task of making the...show more

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  • Paperback | 276 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 499g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236595343
  • 9781236595348