(John L. Stoddard's) Lectures

(John L. Stoddard's) Lectures

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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. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...prosperous; but poor old Bruges shows little evidence of life and enterprise. Some stately buildings of the past remain, which give to her an air of wealth and dignity, and the old streets and market-places are, in form, the same; but few boats furrow now her deep canals, which, with the green scum floating on their stagnant surfaces, resemble unused country roads, half overgrown with grass. Even the numerous bridges of the town, which gave to her the Flem-ish title, Bruges, look lifeless and deserted, and most of the oc-cupants of the handsome houses of the olden time are wealthy mer-chants who have retired from busi-ness, to spend the last years of their lives in absolute tranquillity of its being disturbed. I could not see that any business, save a little petty traffic, was transacted here, and it is said that nearly one-third of the inhabitants of Bruges are paupers. Beggars and guides annoyed us so persistently that, in self-defence as well as pity, we finally hired a "commissionaire" and gave all our spare pennies to the mendicants. I think we also saved a wretched cabman from committing suicide, by hiring his dilapidated vehi AN OLD CANAL. BRUGES. There seems to be no danger cle at the astonishing price of twenty-five cents an hour! Cabs are, in fact, so cheap and slow in Bruges that I should have taken one from morning till night, if I had only had plenty of time. Shaken about in one of these decrepit vehicles, driven over atrocious cobble-stone cheered by our approvhaving thus encouraged tered the old marketupon the famous belis a majestic structure, fifty feet in height, fine stone-carving, and octagon, whose openmands a noble view, edifice from which it ernment office, but part generated into a meat change, indeed, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236814681
  • 9781236814685