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Six and one abroad (1914) (14598021737)


Six and one abroad (1914) (14598021737)



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Title: Six and one abroad
Year: 1914 (1910s)
Authors: Thomas, Sidney J., 1868-
Publisher: (Austin, Tex.) Printed by E.L. Steck
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
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in said of a steamer cabin, Ho swing a cat in withperfect safety to the cat, but such an extravagance of elbowroom never developed. It is to be expected that children rearedin such contracted quarters would be sallow-faced and spindle-legged, and ^0 they are—pitiful sprouts of humanity—and thatmen and women imprisoned there could not propagate an ideahigher than their heads, and so they do not—these amphibioussalamanders of rock and water that burrow in the crannies ofstone for a living and have their pleasures in the streets ofthe sea. But hark! The voice of a liell resounds in the still morningair, and the melody works its way down into the chasm whereI halt and listen, and eddies and swirls in a chaotic bedlam ofmusic that seoms sweeter to my ears than any I have ever heardbefore—the sweeter no doubt because of the contrast with themelancholy situation and the scheme of prevailing silence. It is the call to mas-:, of Catholic Venice. Quickly the path- 224 Six and One Abroad
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BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Venice—Its Ampluhious Life. 225 v.ay is peopled with pedestrians who are bent upon heeding itsinvitation, more and more thiekly peopled, until I cannot makemy way against the contrary current, and I turn and drift withit. After being veritably pushed with the momentum of thisfreshet of humanity through a series of devious canyons whosesides are worn slick and glazed with the process of such loco-motion for centuries, I am ejected with the rest with pop-guneffect—I am surprised that we did not actually pop with thesudden emission—into a spacious scjuare, where the light, incontrast with the dismal limbo of the channels by which wehave come, seems to fall in floods of splendor, and a greatcathedral rears its richly ornamented front the full width ofthe farther side. It was a. splendid stretch of religious generosity that set asidefor beautys sake and convenience and comfort such an ex-pansive plat of space in sur-crowded Venice. It was a band ofexpert artists with

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