the rest scattered in some forty little hamlets lying at irregular distances along the shores.
There are very few English or French residents, and no Americans
but the different branches of the Consul
's family,--a race whose reputation for all generous virtues has spread too widely to leave any impropriety in mentioning them here.
Their energy and character have made themselves felt in every part of the island; and in the villages farthest from their charming home, one has simply to speak of a familha
, “the family,” and the introduction is sufficient.
Almost every good institution or enterprise on the island is the creation of Mr. Dabney
He transacts without charge the trade in vegetables between the peasants and the whale-ships, guaranteeing the price to the producers, giving them the profits, if any, and taking the. risk himself; and the only provision for pauperism is found in his charities.
Every Saturday, rain or shine, there flocks together from all parts of the island a singular collection of aged people, lame, halt, and blind, who receive, to the number of two hundred, a weekly donation of ten cents each, making a thousand dollars annually.
This constitutes but a small part of the benefactions of this remarkable man, the true father of the island, with twenty-five thousand grown children to take care of.
Ten cents a week may not seem worth a whole day's journey on foot, but by the Fayal standard it is not unprofitable.
The usual rate of wages for an able-bodied man is sixteen cents a day; and an acquaintance of ours, who had just got a job on the roads at thirty cents a day, declined a good opportunity to emigrate to America
, on the ground that it was best to “let well alone.”
Yet the price of provisions is by no means very low, and the difference is chiefly in abstinence.
But fuel and clothing