The Upper Engadine

The Upper Engadine

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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. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...demand the expert skill, and involve the spice of danger, considered necessary in a fully-accredited sport. The Ubermensch, when he arrives, will hardly differ more from the troglodyte, than does the bobsleigh from the primitive "luge." There is a special track for the descent of the former formidable craft and special arrangements for towing it up again, but perhaps its most attractive employment is when it takes to the common highway, as in a run down from Maloja to Casaccia. Amusement indoors is as highly organised as sport without. Balls and dances, concerts and theatricals, games with every absorbing embarrassment of complexity and every engaging shade of foolishness, fill up the long evenings. The mundane side of the calendar is observed with the catholicity that might be expected from the mixed multitude of pleasure-seekers. Christmas is honoured with all the elaboration with which Teutonic tradition and British gastronomy have invested it; no theological test winnows the gay crowd that gathers in masks and costumes for the carnival ball on the illuminated ice of the lake, while the survival of an older cult is suggested by the closing juvenile festival of the Kalends of March, when the children of the neighbourhood, with jangling cow-bells suspended from their necks, troop round the villages proclaiming the advent of spring in the traditional ditty: Chalanda Marz! Chaland'Avrigl! Lasche! las vachas our d'ovigl I Las vachas vaun culs vdels, Las nuorsas culs agnels, Las Chevras culs uzols, E las giallinas faun ils ovs, La naiv smartschescha E l'erva crescha. Scha 'ns dais qualcbosa Schi Dieu's benedescha, E scha nun dais iinguotta Schi '1 luf as sbluotta! Kalends of March 1 Kalends of April 1 Let the cows out from the stall! The...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236606361
  • 9781236606365