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and a quarter of an hour further we reach the summit and
send back our extra Horses. We have passed through
several tunnels and arches made for the avalanches to pass over
head without injuring the high way- We gather several variations
of flowers, and a few whortleberries, rather late in the season.
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Have seen several Catholic chapels upon eminences reached by
footpaths along which were, at regular intervals, ten little white
stone structures (always ten) about six feet square by 8 or 10 ft high
containing a cheap Catholic picture, a small frescoe on one wall, pro
tected by an iron grating in the open side, called the ten stations
to the cross where sinners must stop to pray.
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Frequently little children run beside our carriage, one hand
extended toward us, the other, patting their mouths, not a word
but all the same, professional beggars- a nut or a wad of
paper will stop them as quick as a piece of money.
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The womens hats are queer things, rich and poor all the same shape.
A narrow rim^d^ black hat with wide black ribbon encircling it crimped
standing up edgewise four or five inches high. The peasants
notwithstanding their comfort have a miserable, meaningless, insignif-
icant look. At frequent intervals we pass
roaring cascades of glacier water tumbling down the steep mountain
side and rushing under our highway through finely turned arches.
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Along the summit a half mile of level road brings us to the
“Hospice” a large stone building built by the Swiss Govt and occupied
by monks the whole of the year, who are required to feed and