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William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 13: the Jesuits. (search)
omething in this hush and shade which carries you in fancy to yet holier spots of earth? Glancing from the Spanish fountain to the Syrian palms, I ask the Jesuit father whether it is certain that their work is done. Yes; that which they could do best is done. Your company will not try to carry on their work? Not here and now. The time for such a course is past. Lessons in farming and in raising stock are not the things most wanted by people in these valleys. In Algiers and Paraguay, our Fathers taught the native how to till his soil and gather in his grain. At Santa Clara we have other things to do. The native race, for whom the brethren of St. Francis toiled, is all but gone. Our conflict lies in other fields. Varsi is right. His conflict lies in other fields than that in which Fray Tomas the Franciscan laboured. Pausing in the library, the theatre, and the playground, we note with curiosity his instruments of war. Our business, says Padre Varsi, is to ed
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 13: Black ascendancy. (search)
food and drink, is but to answer for a part of the material facts. That theory would not cover the case of bird and fish, much less of man and beast. Some creatures move in search of warmth and light, and some are led by instincts and emotions tending to the nurture of life. Men are often swayed by higher instincts than the love of meat and warmth. What forces drove the Crusaders to Syria and the Pilgrims to New England? Not the want of food and drink. What passion led the Jesuits to Paraguay, the Franciscans to Mexico? Not the desire to lodge in huts and cover the body with antelope skins. What impulse carries the Russ to Troitza, the Moor to Mecca, and the Mormon to Salt Lake? You think the coloured people are moving from Kentucky and Virginia into South Carolina? Not a doubt of it, says a journalist of whom we seek an answer. Always on the road, in my vocation, I see the files and squads, full-blood, mulattoes, and quadroons, all creeping from the North. Sicknes
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 9: a literary club and its organ. (search)
enry James, turning on Thoreau the reverse end of a remarkably good telescope, pronounces him parochial, because he made the woods and waters of Concord, Massachusetts, his chief theme. The epithet is curiously infelicitous. To be parochial is to turn away from the great and look at the little; the daily newspapers of Paris afford the best illustration of this fault. It is not parochial, but the contrary, when Dr. Gould spends his life in watching the stars from his lonely observatory in Paraguay; or when Lafarge erects his isolated studio among the Paradise Rocks near Newport; or when Thoreau studies birds and bees, Iliads and Vedas, in his little cottage by Lake Walden. To look out of the little world into the great, that is enlargement; all else is parochialism. It is also to be remembered that people in America, in those days, if they had access to no great variety of thought, still had — as in the Indian's repartee about Time-all the thought there was. The sources of intell
embers were less than $2,350,000, these contingencies amounted to more than three millions and a half. In the fiscal year ending on the 30th June, 1860, they were somewhat reduced, but still exceeded $1,000,000. Notwithstanding this extravagance and the large outlay unavoidably incurred for the expedition to Utah, the President succeeded in gradually diminishing the annual expenditures until they were reduced to the sum of $55,402,465.46. We do not mention the cost of the expedition to Paraguay, because, through the careful management of the Secretary of the Navy, this amounted to very little more than the ordinary appropriation for the naval service. This aggregate embraces all the expenses of the Government, legislative, executive, and judicial, for the year ending 30th June, 1860, but not the interest on the public debt. If this, which was $8,177,814, be added, the whole would amount to $58,579,779.46. If to this we should make a liberal addition for appropriations recommende
tration with Spain, great Britain, China, and Paraguay condition of the Mexican Republic; and the re contrary have been greatly strengthened. Paraguay. The hostile attitude of the Government of Paraguay toward the United States early commanded the attention of the President. That Government the property of American citizens residing in Paraguay, in a violent and arbitrary manner; and finaake a demand for redress on the Government of Paraguay, in a firm but conciliatory manner, but at thsal of just satisfaction by the Government of Paraguay, in connection with the attack on the United n to defray the expenses of a commissioner to Paraguay, should he deem it proper to appoint one, forstment of difficulties with that Republic. Paraguay is situated far in the interior of South Amerlicy of Dr. Francia, formerly the Dictator of Paraguay, had been to exclude all the rest of the worlit advisable to send with our commissioner to Paraguay, Hon. James B. Bowlin, a naval force sufficie[1 more...]
Elizabeth Cary Agassiz, Louis Agassiz: his life and correspondence, third edition, Chapter 21: 1865-1868: Aet. 58-61. (search)
ed that extraordinary network of river anastomoses and lakes, stretching between the river Madeira and the Amazons to the river Tapajos, and now I am ascending the Rio Negro, with the intention of going up as far as the junction of the Rio Branco with the Rio Negro. That the Brazilian government should be able and willing to offer such facilities for the benefit of science, during a time of war, when all the resources of the nation are called upon in order to put an end to the barbarism of Paraguay, is a most significant sign of the tendencies prevailing in the administration. There can be no doubt that the emperor is the soul of the whole. This liberality has enabled me to devote all my resources to the making of collections, and the result of my researches has, of course, been proportionate to the facilities I have enjoyed. Thus far, the whole number of fishes known from the Amazons has amounted to a little over one hundred, counting everything that may exist from these waters,
aine and Mr. Fish, Grant's Secretary of State—were seen driving together in an open carriage, in the streets of Washington, and Fish was too loyal to his chief to afford this indication of friendship to any man with whom the President under whom he served was at enmity. I had personal knowledge of the early relations of the two great men, who were destined afterwards to be so bitterly opposed. In the first years of Grant's Presidency I was offered the position of Minister to Uruguay and Paraguay, but learning that a change was to be made at the Consulate-General in London, I asked the President for the latter appointment instead. He replied that he was pledged to nominate a friend of Mr. Blaine for the London Consulate, but added that I might consult the Speaker, and if he was willing, I should be sent to London. Accordingly, I went to Mr. Blaine, who was quite ready to oblige General Grant through me. His friend was sent to South America, and I was appointed Consul-General at Lo
prevents my being present to present the bride and congratulate you in person as I had expected to do. U. S. Grant. Letter no. Thirteen. Before leaving America I declined the mission to Belgium for personal reasons, which are referred to in the omitted portion of this letter. General Grant, however, knew that I had originally desired a diplomatic appointment, and he had always promised me one. The promise had indeed been kept, for in 1870 he offered me the mission to Uruguay and Paraguay, when I preferred to be Consul-General at London; but now he proposed Belgium, and pressed the place on me, even after I had declined it. My appointment was made out and sent to me in London, together with the letter of credentials to the King, without any further notice than this letter, which indeed only reached me in England. But my chief and friend persisted in his kindness. Long Branch, N. J., July 5th 1875. Dear General,—Your letter written a few days before you sailed for
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 24. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.52 (search)
Davis and Davidson. [from the N. Y. sun, Feb. 28, 1897.] a chapter of war history concerning torpedoes. The correspondence that passed between Jefferson Davis and Captain Davidson in relation to the services of the latter officer. A letter from Captain Hunter Davidson, formerly of the Confederate naval service, dated Villa Rica, Paraguay, December 14, 1896, places at the disposal of the Sun, a fragment of personal experience during the Civil War, which is also, in its way, a contribution of value to the literature relating to that period. It was originally published in the Buenos Ayres Herald, but will of course find an incomparably greater circle of readers in this country. Captain Davidson entered the navy with Admiral Luce in 1841, and they were together at the Naval Academy, Annapolis, twenty years later, while their friendship was renewed after the Civil War. As to the correspondence with Jefferson Davis, it speaks for itself, although it should be added that Captain Da
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 7. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Zzz Missing head (search)
perly styled the Satanic school of philosophy,—the ethics of an old Norse sea robber or an Arab plunderer of caravans. It is as widely removed from the sweet humanities and unselfish benevolence of Christianity as the faith and practice of the East India Thug or the New Zealand cannibal. Our author does not, however, take us altogether by surprise. He has before given no uncertain intimations of the point towards which his philosophy was tending. In his brilliant essay upon Francia of Paraguay, for instance, we find him entering with manifest satisfaction and admiration into the details of his hero's tyranny. In his Letters and Speeches of Oliver Cromwell—in half a dozen pages of savage and almost diabolical sarcasm directed against the growing humanity of the age, the rose-pink sentimentalisms, and squeamishness which shudders at the sight of blood and infliction of pain—he prepares the way for a justification of the massacre of Drogheda. More recently he has intimated that th<
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