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in the mornings to partake of the “whey” at the “cure”- A good
orchestra plays there from 7 to 8 AM as at the Elizabeth spring in
Hombourg, but they play to empty seats. The Band also
plays at 4 and 8 P.M. We are much interested in the drummer
a bright eyed boy who has now a celebrity by playing several instru-
ments at once- In a row before his chair are, a bass drum, a
snare drum, and two kettle drums of different sizes- On the bass drum
lays his triangle and cymbals. And he is master of the situation.
With his notes before him, he gets his instruments ready, driving the prog-
ress of the piece, changing the tone of the Kettle drums frequently during
one tune to accord with the “key”, by means of screws- Sometimes he
catches up a variety of little fifes and throws in strong notes, then suddenly
slides off into other changes, he is a busy boy during the performance.
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The swiss are feeling the effects of the European struggle in
many ways. The coal mines of Belgium are shut off from them, and
they must burn wood which is expensive, and a sudden change.
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This is the country of woodcarvers. In several cantons scacerly
anything else is done. Through the towns and along the roads
the men and boys are everywhere carving, clock cases covered with
animals, fowls- Vases, chamois, picture frames, book racks, with birds
and animals worked into everything- And a great variety of little toys.
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At first I was strongly tempted to send an assortment to America,
but a tour amongst the shops shows such a multiplicity, sameness, that one
becomes satiated, as in the great picture galleries, tired of all, and finds
much coarseness, poor anatomy, awkward attitudes, until the thoughts
of distance, poor packing, payment, deliver, revenue, +c, drive my good
intentions all away, and buy nothing that cant be carried in trunks.