Times Gone By: Memoirs of a Man of Action (Library of Latin by Vicente Pérez Rosales

By Vicente Pérez Rosales

Those memoirs hint the wild and adventurous lifetime of Pérez Rosales from his early life as much as the 1860s. in the course of that nearly half-century he observed and did greater than a dozen usual males. At age 11 in Argentina he witnessed the executions of Luis and Juan Jose Carrera. From there, his actions and adventures took him on numerous trips on crusing vessels round Cape Horn; to Paris, the place he witnessed the July revolution of 1830; to varied advertisement endeavors together with a distillery, the perform of drugs, and farm animals smuggling; into carrier as an consultant to an Argentine warlord; as a miner for worthy metals within the north of Chile; as player within the California Gold Rush in 1849; as director of the government's undertaking for German immigration and cost within the wild south of Chile; and likewise as Chilean consul and immigration agent in Hamburg.

Around the realm, Rosales lived via lots of his era's watershed moments. His fascinating memoirs provide an opportunity to relive the push and chaos of those times--from a miles more secure vantage.

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No sooner had the meal begun than the lady of the house would look for a tasty morsel on her own plate or in the olive dish, which was never absent from the table; and picking it up with her own fork, she offered it with an elegant gesture to her guest, who would quickly do the same with his fork and return the compliment to the lady with a courteous salute. When some special delicacy or notable culinary production was being served, the master of the house would instantly remember the friend or relative who was most fond of it; and a goodly portion of the succulent dish, in a covered vessel tucked under a clean napkin, would at once be on its way to the beneficiary’s home.

3. José Gil de Castro, a Peruvian mulatto who painted several of the liberators. EOV. 12 Then we had what were laughably called streetlights. These consisted of a lantern that the police obliged each householder in dear old Santiago to hang at his own expense over his front door, so that its single tallow candle might shed some modicum of light onto the solitary street during the early evening hours. But since the police specified neither the type of lantern nor the size of the candle, many a paper lantern and expiring puny stump of molten tallow shed their wretched light, or darkness, onto the none too clean sidewalk that lay before them; and I say “none too clean” because if, half a century later, those small sanitary establishments that our people baptized with the name chaurrinas were not accepted, I leave it to the reader to deduce what might have been the state of sanitation half a century earlier.

Felipe Santiago del Solar. 23 Marcó’s tribulations. — Chacabuco. — A great soirée in honor of the conquering army. — The coat of arms of Chile. — The defeat at Cancha Rayada. — Second emigration to Mendoza. — The death of Luis and Juan José Carrera. 36 How Lord Spencer repaid the kindnesses done him in Chile. — Brazil. — The first steamship to reach Rio de Janeiro. — What people thought of steamships in those days. — Slavery. — Brazil’s achievement of independence. — The famous writer Maria Graham.

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