St. Lucia: Historical, Statistical, and Descriptive

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Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1844 - Saint Lucia - 423 pages

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Page 187 - From the rich peasant cheek of ruddy bronze, And large black eyes that flash on you a volley Of rays that say a thousand things at once, To the high dama's brow, more melancholy, But clear, and with a wild and liquid glance, Heart on her lips, and soul within her eyes, Soft as her clime, and sunny as her skies.
Page 202 - He is submissive, but never obsequious ; and though born and bred in slavery, there is not a trace of servility in the outward man. Unlike the European peasant, who seldom presents himself before a clean coat without a feeling of crawling obsequiousness and degradation, the St. Lucia Negro is polite to a point ; he can touch his hat to any one, but he will not uncover himself in the open air, even for the Governor of the colony. He is docile, intelligent, and sober ; active but not laborious ; superstitious...
Page 389 - States, or any other your Superior Officer, according to the rules and discipline of war, in pursuance of the trust reposed in you.
Page 156 - Insects are the curse of tropical climates. The bete rouge lays the foundation of a tremendous ulcer. In a moment you are covered with ticks. Chigoes bury themselves in your flesh, and hatch a large colony of young Chigoes in a few hours. They will not live together, but every Chigoe sets up a separate ulcer, and has his own private portion of pus. Flies get entry into your mouth, into your eyes, into your nose ; you eat flies, drink flies...
Page 389 - Governor thereof; and you are to observe and follow such orders and directions from time to time as you shall receive from us...
Page 156 - An insect with eleven legs is swimming in your teacup, a nondescript with nine wings is struggling in the small beer, or a caterpillar with several dozen eyes in his belly is hastening over the bread and butter ! All nature is alive, and seems to be gathering all her entomological hosts to eat you up, as you are standing, out of your coat, waistcoat, and breeches.
Page 389 - Greeting: We, reposing especial Trust and Confidence in your Loyalty, Courage, and good Conduct, do by these Presents Constitute and Appoint you to be an Officer in Our Land Forces from the twentieth day of February 1895.
Page 156 - Flies get entry into your mouth, into your eyes, into your nose ; you eat flies, drink flies, and breathe flies. Lizards, cockroaches, and snakes, get into the bed ; ants eat up the books ; scorpions sting you on the foot.
Page 201 - ... of industry and perseverance. A Negro espies his fellow at the end of the street, and rather than join him in a tete-a-tete, he will carry on a conversation with him for several hours at the top of his voice, to the unspeakable annoyance, perhaps the scandal , of all those who may occupy the intermediate houses. Should the wind blow off his hat and warn him to depart, he will continue the conversation and let some...
Page 146 - L child, a brother, a sister, or a friend, found nothing but headless trunks and severed limbs. Rich and poor, black and white, planter and peasant, master and slave — all lay confounded in one vast sepulchre — all were crushed, calcined, or consumed — all hushed in the shadow of death or the silence of despair. The night that succeeded was a night of wretchedness and want — of sorrow and suffering.

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