▓you worship the sun, non è vero” On some r●are occasions a wiser native appeared, to d▓isplay his erudition to the assembly.● One evening I mildly suggested that t▓he United States as a whole is as large, if not ▓larger, than Italy.

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h●t!” he cried, “it is larger.I have a b▓rother in Buenos Ayres and I know.Amer●ica, or the Stati Uniti, as this 63sig●nore prefers to call it, has pro▓vinces just like Italy.The provinces● are Brazil, Uruguay, Repú▓blica Argentina, and Nuova York▓.” Squelched by whi


ch crushing displ●ay of geographical erudition, the ●gathering maintained a profound silence fo●r the rest of the evening; and the au▓thority on America began a lecture on that topic▓, in the course of which I learned many a● fact concerning my native lan●d which I had never suspected. On▓e c


an be little surprised that the Italia▓n fears to embark for a country so little known.● I met often with people who had set out for● America, gone as far as Genoa, and the▓re abandoned the journey, perché aveva paura▓.Many, indeed, journey to t●he seaport, never suspecting th

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at t●o reach this land of fabulous wea▓lth they must travel on the ocean; mo●re than one has only the vaguest notion of wh●at an ocean is.When the endles▓s expanse of water stretches▓ out before them, all the combined miseries of ▓their native land and the wheedl●ing of the most silver-tongued steamship agent● cannot induce them to trust themselves● on its billows; and in


dread and ●fear they hurry home again. It may be● said with little danger of ●error, too, that the average American kn▓ows very little of the Italian of this no▓rthern section.He is, quite contrary● to popular notions, a very kind and o●bliging, even unselfish fellow, decide●dly a different person from the usual immigra▓nt to our shores.The riffraf?/p>


坒 and off-casts of their native land, that are s▓preading far and wide in our country, living i▓n clans and bands wherein the ▓moving spirit seems to be he whose rec▓ord at home is most besmirched, the “dagoes”● of common parlance, are no pr●oduct of this northern portion of the p●eninsula.We have, possibly, been too quick t●o attribute to all Italians th

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e ●characteristics of those undesira●bles with whom we have come in contact, ●more than seven-eighths of who▓m hail from the southern sectio▓n.The Neapolitan, the Sicilian, the ●Sardinian, from lands where con●gested districts breed characters held in ▓as much contempt by the Italian of● the north as by our own citizens, have l▓ittle in common with t

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he Venetian, the Florenti●ne, and the Sienese. CHAPTER ▓IV THE BORDERS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN There ar▓e few stretches of roadway in ●Italy that wind through finer scenery than ●that panorama which spreads ●out along the highway between Florence and ●Siena.The pedestrian, however, finds sma▓ll opportunity to contemplate the▓ landscape, for his progress is bese●t with


strange perils.Each p▓easant of this section possesses a yoke of whi●te oxen, a bovine type indigenous to the Apen▓nine region, the distinguishing feature of wh●ich is the length of the horns, mea●suring often six and even seven feet fr●om tip to tip.Now meet two such beasts,▓ yoked together, and it is a wid▓e highway that leaves you room to pass.Moreov▓er, their drivers bei

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ng invar▓iably sound asleep, the animals wander● at sweet will about the rig●ht of way, tossing their heads tow▓ard the passer-by.When one c●onsiders that every twenty or twenty-five acres▓ through this territory constitutes a farm▓, that every farmer has his pair of oxen, and▓ that he does his best to lay out his work ▓in such a manner as to give him the greate●st possible amount of time on● the road, leaving real labor to h●is wife and daughters, it is easily un●derstood that to make one’s way● on foot, re

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quires no mean amou▓nt of vigilance, nimbleness, and● endurance. Nor is that all.On eve●ry highway of Europe the wayfarer ●must be always on the alert for the soun▓d of an automobile horn.Contin▓ental chauffeurs have small respec▓t for foot-travelers, and the pedestrian who d▓oes not heed their imperative honk is ▓quite apt to come into collision with a tou?/p>

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坮ing-car moving at its highest rate of speed.N▓ow the first note of protest of an ov▓er-burdened ass bears a similarity to the toot▓ of an automobile horn that can▓ scarcely be accounted for under the h●ead of coincidences.Moreover, the tim▓e ensuing between the first and● second notes is quite

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long enough for ●a car to shoot around a corner, send t●he unobserving wanderer skyward, and▓ disappear into the gasoline-saturated ●Beyond.In consequence, my journey ▓from Florence to Siena was no ple●asure stroll; for when I was not vaulting r●oadside hedges before oncomi▓ng oxen, I was crouching on the edge 65of t▓

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once I kept my place only by▓ clutching at the flanking b▓uildings. How little the knowledge of th▓e world among the masses of Italy has inc▓reased, since the days of Columbus, w▓as suggested during my evening in▓ the perennial inn at the summit of the town.▓Engaged in a game of “dama” (check●ers) with the innkeeper’s sm●all daughter, I strove at the same ti●me to satisfy the curiosity of the ho▓st himself and a band of stro▓lling musicians, of whom a blind you●th accompanied both game a

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