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Taken from the book Eyewitness to History, edited by John Carey, 1987.
Eyewitness to History
The embalmers, when a corpse is brought to them, show the relatives wooden models of dead bodies, as accurate as a painting.
He snatched a trumpet from one of them and ran to the river with it; then sounding the 'Advance!' with a piercing blast he crossed to the other side.
Who could believe that all the regions of the East, of Africa and Egypt, once ruled by the queenly city, would be filled with troops of slaves and handmaidens?
Now was a cargo cut down for the ship, and when the spring came they got ready and sailed away; and Leif gave the land a name after its qualities, and called it Vineland.
On the morrow morning our people gathered at the spot and found the Musulmans stretched out upon the ground as martyrs for the faith.
Thrice they would all cast themselves on the ground in this sort of procession, stretching out their hands like the arms of a cross.
The inexperienced physicians applied not only improper, but often contrary medicines, which irritated the distemper and deprived of life a multitude of both sexes and of all ages.
The executioner, or rather the minister of Satan, strove to kill not only her body but also her soul, and kept interrupting her prayers.
In a mighty storm, a strapping young man was, with a lurch of the ship thrown into the sea; but it pleased God that he caught hold of the ropes which hung overboard.
We left the village, called the Bouweri, lying on the right hand, and went through the woods to New Harlem, a tolerably large village situated on the south side of the island.
Congress cut off about a quarter of it, as I expected they would; but they obliterated some of the best of it, and left all that was exceptionable, if anything in it was.
Most of these unfortunates … looked firmly up on the menacing instrument of death, beholding for the last time the rays of the glorious sun, beaming on the polished axe.
In an almost incredibly short period they were within twenty yards of us, shouting 'Vive l'Empereur!'
I said 'What do you ask?' She hesitated a moment, & then answered hesitatingly, & evidently ready to lower her price if necessary, 'half a dollar?'
I certainly saw from 150 to 180 funerals of victims to the want of food, the whole number attended by not more than 50 persons.
Then I performed the seven circuits round the Ka'abah, called the Tawaf. I then managed to have a way pushed for me through the immense crowd to kiss it.
The German officer was right: if it was possible for a man to have drunk the two barrels himself he would have bursted before he had got drunk. French beer was rotten stuff.
To my greatest delight I noticed that he accepted battle and my pleasure was increased when I discovered that his comrades deserted him.
We were marched into a clearing. Here, for two hours, we had our first taste of the oriental sun treatment, which drains the stamina and weakens the spirit.
The view was not spectacular. They were too high for good landscape, and all below looked flat and monotonous.
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