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Through Finland in Carts   By: (-1940)

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Transcriber's note: Inconsistent spelling has been preserved, especially in the Finnish and Swedish snippets found throughout the book. Only obvious errors have been corrected, and a listing of those can be found at the end of this e text.

THROUGH FINLAND IN CARTS

[Illustration: MRS. ALEC TWEEDIE.]

THROUGH FINLAND IN CARTS

BY MRS. ALEC TWEEDIE

AUTHOR OF "MEXICO AS I SAW IT," ETC.

[Illustration]

THOMAS NELSON & SONS LONDON, EDINBURGH, DUBLIN AND NEW YORK

TO MY HUSBAND ALEC

TO MY DEAREST FRIEND SIR JOHN ERIC ERICHSEN, BART., F.R.S., LL.D.

TO MY FATHER DR. GEORGE HARLEY, F.R.S., F.R.C.P.

ALL OF WHOM DIED SUDDENLY WITHIN A SPACE OF FIVE MONTHS I DEDICATE THESE PAGES IN GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE OF THEIR LOVING INTEREST IN MY WORK

CONTENTS

CHAP. PAGE

I. OUR FIRST PEEP AT FINLAND 11

II. A FINNISH COUNTRY HOUSE 43

III. FINNISH BATHS 64

IV. A NIGHT IN A MONASTERY 84

V. SORDAVALA, OR A MUSICAL FESTIVAL 112

VI. "KALEVALA," AN EPIC POEM 136

VII. MANNERS AND CUSTOMS 169

VIII. IMATRA'S ROARING CATARACT 197

IX. "KOKKO" FIRES 210

X. WOMEN AND EDUCATION 219

XI. A HAUNTED CASTLE 238

XII. PUNKAHARJU 265

XIII. THE LIFE OF A TREE 275

XIV. THROUGH SAVOLAX IN CARTS 288

XV. ON WE JOG 309

XVI. A "TORP" AND "TORPPARI" WEDDING 335

XVII. TAR BOATS 365

XVIII. DESCENDING THE RAPIDS 381

XIX. SALMON ULEƅBORG 406

XX. A FASHIONABLE WATERING PLACE 434

APPENDIX.

QUESTIONS OF NATIONALITY AND POLITICS 448

PREFACE

When I was first approached by Messrs. Nelson and Sons for permission to publish Through Finland in Carts in their shilling series, I felt surprised. So many books and papers have jostled one another along my path since my first journey to Finland, I had almost forgotten the volume.

Turning to an old notebook, I see it was published in 1897 at sixteen shillings. It appeared in a second edition. The demand still continued, so a third edition, entirely revised and reprinted, was published at a cheaper rate. Others followed, and it now appears on the market at the reduced price of one shilling. Cheapness generally means deterioration of goods, but cheapness in books spells popularity.

Since the last revise appeared, a few years ago, I had not opened the pages of this volume; and strange though it may seem, I took it up to correct with almost as much novelty as if it had been a new book by some one else. An author lives with his work. He sees every page, every paragraph, by day and by night. He cannot get away from it, it haunts him; yet once the bark is launched on the waters of Fate, other things fill his mind, and in a year or two he forgets which book contains some special reference, or describes some particular thought. This is not imagination but fact. The slate of memory would become too full and confused were such not the case.

Finland has been progressing, and yet in the main Finland remains the same. It is steeped in tradition and romance. There are more trains, more hotels, larger towns; but that bright little land is still bravely fighting her own battles, still forging ahead; small, contented, well educated, self reliant, and full of hopes for the future... Continue reading book >>




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