Rambles and Studies in Old South Wales

Rambles and Studies in Old South Wales

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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. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ... life, sir," he utters in a proud tone; "how old would you think me, now?" I answer that I should think him perhaps fifty. He lifts his hat and says: "I am sixty-three." I am surprised at this, and say so. "All due to good habits of life," he repeats; "I take care of myself--drink nothing stronger than good ale, always go to bed at an early hour, and wash my breast and limbs every morning in clear cold water. Sixty-three years old, and five feet two inches high." I ask my new friend if he is a Welshman. "Pure red blood," he answers, again lifting his hat. "You may talk about your blue blood, sir, but I claim to be descended from one of the redblooded heroes who fought with Ivor Bach--Ivor Bach, sir, the little Welshman no bigger than myself, N who lived with his band in those mountains yonder, and for many a year held Castle Coch against all comers. You have heard of Ivor Bach?" Yes, I had read of him. "I should think so! No more a robber, sir, than the Norman who held that castle, whose ruins you see over there, when Edward II. was king." IV. "Hai! Hab!" There is a shout all over the field, and a movement of the crowd in one direction, like a sea; and then I catch glimpses of three men running in red flannel breeches madly around the course, amid cries of "Go in! go in!" and a like utterance in Welsh, which I do not quite catch, followed by more deliberate observations of "Jack's the winner," "'E 'ave it," etc.; and once more the excitement subsides, and the fair resumes its normal occupations--dancing, drinking beer, cracking nuts and jokes, scuffling, chaffing, testing one's strength or skill, and gambling. To stir the British...show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236554469
  • 9781236554468