Tombleson's Upper Rhine; Ober Rhein. Le Rhin Superieur

Tombleson's Upper Rhine; Ober Rhein. Le Rhin Superieur

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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. Excerpt: ...the other, in point of legislation, like the United-States of America, but joined in a federal compact for general support. The cantons, for the most part, have a mixed democratic and aristocratic government. Friburg and Berne are the only states that admit of privileged classes, with the exception of Neuchatel, which is a kind of limited monarchy. Many of the cantons profess the reformed religion. Basie, Berne, Vaud, Schaffhausen, Zurich, Geneva, and 88 SWITZERLAND. Neuchatel are altogether Calvinistic; Soleure, Friburg, Lucerne, Zug, Schwytz, Unterwald, Uri, Tessin and the Valais are chiefly catholic; Aargau, Glaris, Thurgau, St.-Gall, Appenzell and the Grisons are mixed. German is the prevailing language of the country, and is exclusively used in the diet, or general assembly of the cantons. It is not, however, the German which we hear in Saxony, Brunswick, Hanover, and several other of the northern states, but a corruption almost as great as the Lancashire dialect is of the English tongue. In the Pays-de-Vaud, Neuchatel and Geneva, French is generally spoken with correctness by the better classes of people. Berne, Soleure, Friburg and the Valais use both French and German. Among the lower classes, the old vehhe, or romanic, dialect is common. Italian is used in the Tessin and in parts of the Grisons. In the latter canton a particular kind of romanic prevails, derived, it is said, from the Etruscans, a nation which peopled Rhaetia twenty centuries ago. The dialects of these tongues are so numerous among the Alps, that we are often reminded, in the course of a day's journey, of the reported confusion of the tower of Babel. The spread of languages has occupied much of the attention of the learned of most countries; and as many of our readers, who visit more

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  • 9781236643780