Goa, and the Blue Mountains, or, Six months of sick leave

Goa, and the Blue Mountains, or, Six months of sick leave

by Richard Francis Burton
     
 

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Publisher: Richard Bentley Publication date: 1851
Subjects: Goa (India)

Malabar (India)

History / Asia / India  See more details below

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Publisher: Richard Bentley Publication date: 1851
Subjects: Goa (India)

Malabar (India)

History / Asia / India

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ISBN-13:
2940018371281
Publisher:
London : R. Bentley
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
461 KB

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CHAPTER III. OLD GOA AS IT WAS. ," said our cicerone, entering unannounced, at about ten A. M., " it is time for your Excellency to prepare for an interview with his Excellency the Governor-General of all the Indies; and if it meet with your approbation, we can see the library, and the celebrated statue of Alfonso de Albuquerque on our way to the palacio." The horses were soon saddled, and the Seiior was with some difficulty persuaded to mount. En route his appearance afforded no small amusement to his fellow townsmen, who grinned from ear to ear seeing him clinging to the saddle, and holding on by the bridle, with his back hunched, and his shoulders towering above his ears like those of an excited cat. The little Maharatta " man-eater" was dancing The name given to that breed of poniea on account of their extraordinary viciousness. with disgust at this peculiar style of equitation, and the vivacity of his movements so terrified the Senor, that, to our extreme regret, he chose the first moment to dismount under pretext of introducing us to Albuquerque. The statue of that hero stands under a whitewashed dome, in a small square opposite the east front of the Barracks. It is now wrapped up in matting, having lately received such injuries that it was deemed advisable to send to Portugal for a new nose and other requisites. The library disappointed us. We had heard that it contained many volumes collected from the different religious houses by order of the government, and thus saved from mildew and the white ants. Of course, we expected a variety of MSS. and publications upon the subject of Oriental languages and history, as connected with the Portuguese settlements. The catalogue,however, soon informed us that it was a mere ecclesiastical library, dotted here a...

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