The Englishwoman In America By Isabella Lucy Bird


Another member of the government appeared in a yellow waistcoat and brown
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Another Member Of The Government Appeared In A Yellow Waistcoat And Brown Frock-Coat; But Where There Were A Great Many Persons Of An Inferior Class It Was Only Surprising That There Should Be So Few Inaccuracies Either In Dress Or Deportment.

There were some very pretty women, and almost all were dressed with simplicity and good taste.

The island does not afford a band, but a pianist and violinist played most perseveringly, and the amusements were kept up with untiring spirit till four in the morning.

The governor and his family behaved most affably to their guests, and I was glad to observe that in such a very mixed company not the slightest vulgarity of manner was perceptible.

It may be remarked, however, that society is not on so safe a footing as in England. Such things as duels, but of a very bloodless nature, have been known: people occasionally horsewhip and kick each other; and if a gentleman indulges in the pastime of breaking the windows of another gentleman, he receives a bullet for his pains. Some time ago, a gentleman connected with a noble family in Scotland, emigrated to the island with a large number of his countrymen, to whom he promised advantageous arrangements with regard to land. He was known by the name of Tracadie. After his tenants had made a large outlay upon their farms, Tracadie did not fulfil his agreements, and the dissatisfaction soon broke forth into open outrage. Conspiracies were formed against him, his cows and carts were destroyed, and night after night the country was lighted by the flames of his barns and mills.

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