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Archive for September, 2013


Byways Around San Francisco Bay

Author: William E. Hutchinson Excerpt: Mountain and Valley It is hard for us to leave the falls with all their surrounding beauty, and with reluctance we take one last look at this delightful glen planted in the heart of the wilderness, and strike out on the upward trail. At a turn in the path, where […]

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The Californiacs

Author: Inez Haynes Gillmore Excerpt: California, which produces the maximum of scenery and the minimum of weather; California, which grows the biggest men, trees, vegetables and fleas in the world, and the most beautiful women, babies, flowers and fruits; California, which, on the side, delivers a yearly crop of athletes, boxers, tennis players, swimmers, runners […]

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Cape Cod

Author:  Henry David Thoreau Excerpt: I   THE SHIPWRECK Wishing to get a better view than I had yet had of the ocean, which, we are told, covers more than two-thirds of the globe, but of which a man who lives a few miles inland may never see any trace, more than of another world, I […]

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The Book of the National Parks

Author: Robert Sterling Yard Excerpt: CHAPTER I The starting point for any consideration of our national parks necessarily is the recently realized fact of their supremacy in world scenery. It was the sensational force of this realization which intensely attracted public attention at the outset of the new movement; many thousands hastened to see these […]

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The Grand Canyon of Arizona

Author: George W. James Excerpt: CHAPTER I. The Grand Canyon Of Arizona Only One Grand Canyon. The ancient world had its seven wonders, but they were all the work of man. The modern world of the United States has easily its seven wonders–Niagara, the Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Natural Bridge, the Mammoth Cave, the Petrified Forest […]

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Castles and Cave Dwellings of Europe

Author: Sabine Baring-Gould Excerpt: CHAPTER I PREHISTORIC CAVE-DWELLERS In a vastly remote past, and for a vastly extended period, the mighty deep rolled over the surface of a world inform and void, depositing a sediment of its used up living tenants, the microscopic cases of foraminiferæ, sponges, sea-urchins, husks, and the cast limbs of crustaceans. […]

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Cathedrals of Spain

Author: John A. Gade Excerpt: PREFACE In the last dozen years many English books on Spain have appeared. They have dealt with their subject from the point of view of the artist or the historian, the archæologist, the politician, or the mere sight-seer. The student of architecture, or the traveler, desiring a more intimate or […]

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City Scenes, or a Peep into London

Author: William Darton Excerpt: INTRODUCTION COME, peep at London’s famous town, Nor need you travel there; But view the things of most renown, Whilst sitting in your chair. At home, an hundred miles away, it’s easy now to look At City Scenes, and London gay, In this my little book. Yes, there in quiet you […]

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Denmark

Author: M. Pearson Thomson Excerpt: CHAPTER I MERRY COPENHAGEN–I Copenhagen, the metropolis of Denmark, is a large and flourishing city, with all the modern improvements of a commercial capital. It has an atmosphere of its own, an atmosphere of friendliness and gaiety, particularly appreciated by English people, who in “Merry Copenhagen” always feel themselves at […]

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Diversions in Sicily

Author: Henry Festing Jones Excerpt: CHAPTER I THE BRIGADIER AND THE LOTTERY One wet Saturday evening in May I found myself at Castelvetrano consulting Angelo, the guide, about the weather. His opinion was that it would clear up during the night; I said that if it did we would go to Selinunte, and this confirmed […]

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