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Romantic Spain A Record of Personal Experiences (Vol. I)   By: (1839-1905)

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ROMANTIC SPAIN:

A Record of Personal Experiences.

BY JOHN AUGUSTUS O'SHEA,

AUTHOR OF

"LEAVES FROM THE LIFE or A SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT," "AN IRON BOUND CITY," ETC.

"Oh, lovely Spain! renowned, romantic land!"

CHILDE HAROLD.

IN TWO VOLUMES. VOL. I.

LONDON: WARD AND DOWNEY, 12, YORK STREET, COVENT GARDEN, W.C. 1887. [ All Rights Reserved. ]

TO WILFRID SCAWEN BLUNT, ESQ., IN TOKEN OF ESTEEM FOR HIS BOLD AND TRUTHFUL CHARACTER, AND OF GLADNESS THAT WE HAVE SO MANY KINDRED SYMPATHIES,

This Book is Enscribed

BY THE WRITER.

PREFACE.

This simple recital of personal haps and mishaps in perturbed Spain from the abdication of Amadeus to the entry of Don Carlos, puts forward no claim to the didactic or dogmatic. Its chief aim is to amuse. Of course, if I succeed in conveying knowledge and dispelling illusions in Tasso's words, if I administer a pill under a coating of jam I shall be cock a hoop with delight. But I warn the reader I am not an unprejudiced witness. I am passionately fond of Spain and her people. Although years have elapsed since the events dealt with occurred, I fancy the narrative will not be hackneyed, for in Spain public life repeats itself with a fidelity which is never monotonous. I do not pretend to cast the horoscope of the poor little monarch who is in the nurse's arms, but Heaven guard him! 'Twere better for him that he had been born in a Highland shieling.

Should there be much individualism in these pages, it is intentional, and to be ascribed to the instance of friends. They said, "Bother history; give us plenty of your own experiences." It is to be hoped they have not led me astray by their well meant advice.

CONTENTS OF VOL. I.

CHAPTER I.

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Which, being non essential, treats partly of Spain, but principally of the Writer 1 23

CHAPTER II.

The Old Fashioned Invocation "Them 'ere Spanish Kings!" Candidates for a Throne En Voyage Bordeaux and the Back ache An Unmannerly Alsatian The Patriot gets a Roland for his Oliver Small Change for a Hot Bath Plan for Universal Coinage Daughters of Israel The Jews Diagnosed Across the Border The Writer is Saluted "Caballero" Bugaboo Santa Cruz Over a Brasero 24 42

CHAPTER III.

A Make Believe Spain The Mountain Convoy A Tough Road to Travel Spanish Superiority in Blasphemy Short Essay on Oaths The Basque Peasants Carlism under a Cloak How Guerilla Fighting is Conducted A Hyperborean Landscape A Mysterious Grandee An Adventurous Frenchman The Shebeen on the Summit Armed Alsasua Base Coin 43 60

CHAPTER IV.

Madrid The Fonda and its Porter The Puerta del Sol Postal Irregularities Tribute to the Madrileños The Barber's Pronunciamiento Anecdotes of King Amadeus Checkmating the Grand Dames Queen Isabella The Embarrassed Mr. Layard of Nineveh The Great Powers Hesitate America Goes Ahead General Sickles Mahomet and the Mountain Republicanism among the Troops A Peculiar Pennsylvanian Dentist Castelar under Torture The Writer meets one of his Sept Politicians by Trade Honour among Insurgents Alonso the Reckless 61 91

CHAPTER V.

A Late Capital The Gambling Mania A French Rendezvous The Duke de Fitzpepper The Morality of Passing Bad Money Spanish Compliments Men in Pickle A Licentious Ballet Federal Manners Prim's Artifice Nouvilas Goes North A Carlist Proclamation Don Alfonso Midnight Oil Castelar's Circular 92 112

CHAPTER VI.

Warning to Ladies The Hotel Parliament An Anglo Spanish Mentor The Evil Genii of the Monarchy The Curses of Spain Government and Religion Affairs of Climate The Carlists, Norwegians, and English, all Republicans! Notions on Heredity The Five Spanish Parties The Army the Lever of Power The Student Cæsar Order versus Republic The Chained Colours Dorregaray's Appeal to the Soldiers Influence of the Church Wanted: a Benevolent Despot 113 131

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