What I Saw in Europe; A Series of Familiar Portraits

What I Saw in Europe; A Series of Familiar Portraits

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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. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...they have a number of thousand soldiers in the standing army. We saw them on drill one morning, fifteen or twenty companies of them, on their large parade ground, consisting I should think of about 20 acres. They begin to drill as early as 7 o'clock in the morning, and keep at it until night. It is work I tell you, and they are kept at it every day, too. But such marching! When they stepped, grounded, or shouldered arms, ran, knelt down, fell back, filed off, or anything else, it seemed as if there was but one man, so perfect was the time they kept. They pay the men off, the soldiers I mean, once in two weeks. How much do you think they get? Two mark every two weeks, four marks a month. How much is a mark? Well, try to find out, and if you fail ask your father or mother to tell you. When you do find out you will say, hard work and poor pay. Of course they get their food, but of the very plainest kind, in addition. We went round to the fish market in Strasburg. It was very funny. Not much more like our markets than day is like night. What arrested our attention particularly, was, all the fish for sale are alive. They keep them in large tanks of pure fresh water, and when any one comes along and buys a fish, the purchaser has a little net bag in their hand, and they slip the fish into the bag and carry it home kicking, and are sure to have it fresh for dinner. Or, if they don't want to carry it home that way, the man or woman who sells it takes a club, knocks it on the head till dead before the customer, so that they may know that the fish was alive when brought to market. There is a heavy fine for selling a dead fish. Wonder if it wouldn't be a good thing to have some such law in our countrv? We went too, to the carrier pigeon house. It is quite...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123666955X
  • 9781236669551