The Great Mountains And Forests Of South America

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byPaul Fountain

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...The style of the people, and their exceedingly dirty habits and mode of living, were intolerable to me. And, moreover, my being a " heretic," as they chose to call me, made me an object of some suspicion to the chief men of most of the places where I stayed for any time; and, strange as it may seem, I believe I only escaped persecution on several occasions through the intervention of priests. These priests I believe to be often terrible rascals, yet they almost invariably acted in a friendly manner to me. Many of the stories that I could tell of these priests are, I fear, too disgusting for publication. I shall confine myself here to remarking that the confessional gives these rascals a power over the minds of the hysterically religious-women of this country that they are not slow to use for a vile end. The result is a terrible state of society in many of the outlying districts of Brazil, and murders, the outcome of jealousy, in which priests figure as both perpetrators and victims, are shockingly frequent. The part of Matto Grosso we were now travelling through is, I believe, the most thickly peopled part ot that province, but that is not saying much, for the country is an almost unbroken forest. The towns are small, villages in fact, situated far apart; the so-called roads are only tracks, often scarcely discernible, requiring constant work upon them (which they do not get) to prevent them from being re-overgrown by the rank herbage; and the plantations seem to be the only inducement the people have to remain in this isolated region. As far as I could judge (I have no special knowledge of such matters), the ground seemed to be admirably suited to the growth of both coffee and cotton, and the plantations had all the appearance to the eye...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...The style of the people, and their exceedingly dirty habits and mode of living, were intolerable to me. And, mo...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:94 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217387020

ISBN - 13:9780217387026

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