Among the Goths and Vandals

Paperback | January 15, 2012

byJohn Blaikie

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1870. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... ome months of uninterrupted professional attendance on Parliamentary Committees had worn me in mind and body, when one morning the post brought an invitation from an old College chum, to visit him in the kingdom of the Goths, where, several years previously, he had established himself as a landed magnate. The luxury of a Scotch moor was denied to me, and none of my friends had been civil enough to offer a share of theirs; so, overhauling fowling-pieces and fishing-rods, and stuffing my biggest portmanteau, I joyously proceeded to survey the rocky shores of Scandinavia. In my school days, the Skager Rack and the Kattegat were familiar as well as terrible names, and now I was to make their personal acquaintance. We sailed under favourable auspices, but the proverbial treachery of the ocean once more revealed itself. For three days and three nights I was, in truth, in deep distress, and should most willingly have exchanged my position for Jonah's. "The wandering vessel drove before the wind, Toss'd and re-toss'd aloft, and then alow." How I abused the proffered hospitality of my friend. What a fool I called myself for accepting it! I knew well now Shakespeare's meaning, when he said,--"Mad as the sea and wind, when both contend!" and like thousands before, I gave up all as lost. If Gottenburg had been Paradise, I could not have been more thankful for its repose. On shore everything was couleur de rose. The custom-house officers were charming, and I made them welcome to the most curious examination of my effects. Porters in scores crowded the quay, who seemed the finest fellows I had ever seen. Some of them shouted in Steamers and Posting. purer English than I had left behind at Hull; and so in the fulness of my heart I hired the services of two to transport my bagg...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1870. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... ome months of uninterrupted professional attendance on Parliamentary Committees had worn me in mind and body, when one morning the po...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:58 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217163653

ISBN - 13:9780217163651

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