This historic book may have numerous typos or missing text. Not
indexed. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the
original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1915. Not
illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE SIEGE OF KASHMIR REAT peaks rise,
pointing to the sky of V_J India, and guard the borders of the Vale
of Kashmir (Cashmere). One of these mounts is Haramukh, seventeen
thousand feet high, and men say that snow falls on it all the year,
save for one week in July; but through the white of the snow-cap
one may see a streak of green, and this shiny green (so they tell)
is costly emerald, and no man who comes within sight of the
glorious light of the emerald will be hurt by the bite of ever such
deadly snakes. Dark are the woods that clothe these hills, but very
green is the grass on the ground, and the brooks dance down, and on
their banks grow the clematis, honeysuckle, jasmine, and wild
roses. The sky is of a most sweet blue, and at dawn the sun is of
gold, and at set is deep red. Sheep and cows graze on the slopes,
and wood-cutters swing their axes and fell the timber. As you come
down to the valleys you see fields of maize and groves of
walnut-trees; rice thrives in the lowlands; the plane spreads its
wide arms; mulberry-trees are rich in fruit; the wild indigo puts
out its purplish bloom; and the flowers of the horse-chestnut are
pink and white. Many are the pools, and on the glassy waters lie
the pink lilies. Most enchanting of all the pools is the Dal Lake,
four miles long, and in its water are mirrored the tall mountains
of Kashmir; and the water-weed is olive and yellow green; and on
the shores are silver-gray willows, and a vast multitude of trees
are gold and red in hue. Princes of old made gardens by the lake of
Dal, and the gardens go down to the water in terraces, and huge
plane-trees cast a shade, and through alleys of gloomy
cypress-trees streams of roaring water fall in broken leaps to the
lake. There is here a river called the Jhelum, pre...
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Frederick James Gould
||246 x 189 x 1mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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