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compact street of xx 1000 inhabitants.
Thus far we have been travelling through a level valley, always
with a river in sight, the land frequently so low as to require the
road to be elevated, valley averaging perhaps half a mile wide,
with continuous ranges of mountains on each side of us shutting us
in between two lofty walls but now within a quarter of a
mile of Brieg we begin the ascent of the Simplon mountain.
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We have met many peasants with the Goitre, a flabby bag hanging
from the throats.
nearly around their
necks, various sizes
very numerous on each
side of the Simplon,
supposed to come from
the glacier water which
they must drink or
spring water from Certain [-Hospice-]
injurious rock formations- prevalent on women, especially on this
side of the pass, not painful. but some towns high up on the mountain
sides, have scarcely an exception-
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The peasants in the Rhone Valley must be rich, comparatively, for
we have seen more cattle, and more Horses hitched to wagons, then
in any district in Europe, no Dogs or women drawing carts.
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Our ascent is quite slow, walking continually, zig-zag
windings around. up. up. with Brieg frequently in sight until
12 1/2 when Brieg, several thousand feet below us passes from sight our view