Travels in Greece and Russia, with an Excursion to Crete by Bayard TaylorTravels in Greece and Russia, with an Excursion to Crete by Bayard Taylor

Travels in Greece and Russia, with an Excursion to Crete

byBayard Taylor

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1850. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXVII. A. GLANCE AT WiESATs Before leaving Cracow, we visited the monument to Kosciusko, which is about a mile and a half from the city It is a simple mound of earth, thrown together by the Poles, in memory of the hero of two hemispheres. They are proud of the renown of SobiesH, but they treasure the name of Kosciusko within their heart of hearts. Probably no man was ever before honored with such a monument. It was not raised by subscription and hired labor, but by the spontaneous work of thousands of hands. Old and young, male and female, the noble and the peasant, carried their loads of earth, until the mound arose to be a beacon to the little Free State of Cracow--so long as that Free State existed. The account of its erection is truly touchmg, and one cannot look upon it without hoping that it may last to tell the story to distant ages and nations yet unformed. When the Austrian Government determined to fortify Cracow, the commanding position which this mound occupies could not be overlooked. It is now completely inclosed within a glaring new fortification of brick and earth, which overlooks the valley and the course of the Vistula for many a league. In the very centre of the fort rises the singular tumulus, high overtopping its bastioned walls. A great circular buttress of brick, twenty feet high, has been built around its base and the earth filled in, so that the mound i really strengthened, although it loses much of its picturesque ness by this environment. Its original height must have been about 120 feet, with a base of from 200 to 250 feet in diameter. Itjs conical and very steep, with a double path encircling it to the top. A number of workmen were employed in smoothing its rough, neglected surface, and coating it with an even garment...
Title:Travels in Greece and Russia, with an Excursion to CreteFormat:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:January 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:021730236X

ISBN - 13:9780217302364