mines not exploited

Posted on July 27th, 2010 by admin and filed under Dacia Felix, paysan du danube topos in literature

Encyclopædia americana, Thomas, Cowperthwait, & co., 1838, vol. VIII, p. 563

Moldavia(in German, Moldau; Turkish, Bogdan); a province of the Ottoman empire, with the title of principality [...] population differently stated as from 360,000 to 500,000. [...] The winters are severe; the heat is great in sumemr, but the nights are cool. The soil is fertile, but war and and oppressive government have prevented if from being well cultivated. Corn, fruits, wine, honey, wax, and tobbacco of an inferior quality, are amond the principal productions; the gold, silver and iron mines are not worked; mineral salt and salt-petre are produced in large quantities. The greater part of the country is devoted to paturage, and immence numbers of horses, black cattle, sheep and swine are raised by the inhabitants. The horses are strong, active and gentle, and 10,000 have been exported annually to Austria and Prussia. The cattle are of an excellent quality, and have been sent generally to Poland and Russia. The inhabitants are strongly attached to the Greek church. The Moldavians are supposed to be descendants of the ancient Dacians, whose country they occupy, of Roman colonists, and of the Sclavonians, who conquered Moldavia. Their language is a corrupt Latin, mixed with Sclavonic [...] They are described as ignorant, indolent, treacherous and vindictive; although not slaves, they have always been subject of the severest oppression.

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gold in Moldavia

Posted on July 27th, 2010 by admin and filed under Dacia Felix

Title Magazine of natural history, Volume 7
Editors John Claudius Loudon, Edward Charlesworth, John Denson
Publisher printed for Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1834
Subjects Natural history


article Art VII Facts and Considerations on the Strata of Mont Blanc
and on some Instances of Twisted Strata observable in Switzerland by
JR with Remarks thereon by the Rev WB Clarke AMFGS &c , p. 647

are though novel preserving The granite of Mont Blanc is said to
contain gold Gold is very common in all soils and in most river beds
though in quantity too minute to be observable It is universally
distributee and may be procured from decayed vegetable matter It is
obtained in small quantities near Simplon on the route of that name
most alluvial deposits have traces of it See the localities and river
beds named by Leonhard and Phillips and Jameson The washing of the
sand of the Rhine at Baden produced in 1827 2317 kr 53J gr of gold
from 1828 to 1829 2999 kr 44 gr Allgemeine Handlung Zei tung Oct 1829
Gold is also found in the rivers of the north of Moldavia in the
Goldbach near Audel in Treves near Endkirch on the Moselle and in the
Guldenbach near Strom berg in the neighbourhood of Coblentz
Gruithuisen Analektenftlr Erd und Himmels hinde part iii p 36

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canal between Rassova and Kustendji

Posted on July 16th, 2010 by admin and filed under Danube Channel

rev. Henry Christmass, The Sultan of Turkey, Abdul Medjid Khan: A brief memory of his live and reign, with notices of the Country, its Army, Navy & present Prosperity, London: John Farquah Shaw, 1854, p. 74.

[Russia bad, Islamists good etc. etc. etc.] ” why does Russia thwart every effort to effect a canal from Rassova to Kustendji, which would open the trade of Hungary and the interior of the Austrian empire to Western Europe? ” … [Russia bad, Islamists good, etc. etc.]

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old roman canal Danube

Posted on July 16th, 2010 by admin and filed under Danube Channel

The World’s Hightway. From the “Calcutta Review”, March 1856, London: John Weale, 59, High Holborn, 1856, p. 38

“My dear Sir, I wrote you from Paris in haste when I was leaving for Strasbourg. I only cursorily referred to the communication with Prince Callimaki, which was satisfactory, as he interested himself much in it — and is considered to be an able man. He gave me strong letters to Constantinople, advised crossing by a boat bridge, and not thinking of a fixture. Knew the nature and extent of the existing trade between Constantinople and Adrianople, and between Scutari and Isnikmid, fully asured that it would render a line there as a beginning, remunerative; had seen the iron mines worked by Government, about Nessa Sophia, and Philippoli, which yielded good metal, and believed coal was in abundance, extending all along the coast of the Black Sea, from the Danube mouths to the Straits, and projecting far into the Black Sea; considered the Balkan an engineering difficulty by no means insuperable, and the contry between Akserai and Sovea in Asiatic Turkey, killy and uneven– the rest all level, and easily adapted to railway purposes; it had been intended to re-open an old Roman canal which united the Danube with the Black Sea, and saved a detour, but it had not been begun yet. He considered that Turkey was a rich country, which only required such a work as this to show what it contained, and that it hadnever yet had the opportunity of showing of waht it was capable. He took a great deal of trouble, and appeared very confident that if steadily followed up, there can be no doubt of Turkey’s cordial concurrence. He thought that perhaps the Balkan might be avoided, by following the course of the Danube along the canal line, and then skirting the Black Sea to Constantinople. These are, however, questions of detail for the future. He thinks also that it would be necessary for the work to be done bypublic companies with Government support, and not by the Government itself, in an undertaking of this nature.”

Posted on Friday, July 16th, 2010 at 2:14 AM and is filed under Danube Channel. RSS 2.0 feed.


Posted on July 12th, 2010 by admin and filed under vampyres

The Craftsman, no. 307, May 20, 1732

Extract of a private Letter from Vienna

“We have received certain Advice of a Sort of Prodigy lately discover’d in Hungary, at a Place call’d Heyducken, situate on the other Side of the Tibiscus, or Theis; anmely, of a dead Bodies sucking, as it were, the Blood of the Living; for the latter visiblydry up, while the former are fill’d with Blood. The Fact at first Sight seems to be impossible and even ridiculous; but the following is a true Copy of a Relatin attested by unexceptionable Witnesses, and sent to the Imperial Council of War.

Medreyga in Hungary, Jan. 7, 1732.

“Upon a current Report, that in the Village of Medreyga certain dead Bodies (call’d here Vampyres) had kill’d several Persons, by sucking out all their Blood, the present Enquiry was made by the honourable Commander in Chief; and Capt. Goschutz of the Company of Stallater, the Hadnagi Bariacrar, and the Senior Heyduke of the Village were severally examined; who unanimously declared that about five Years ago a certain Heyduke, named Arnold Paul, was kill’d by the Overturning of a Cart-Load of Hay, who in his Filfe-time was often heard to say, he had been tormented near Caschaw, and upon the Borders of Turkish Servia, by a Vampyre; and that to extricate himself, he had eaten some of the earth of the Vampyre’s Graves, and rubb’d himself with their Blood.

That 20 or 30 Days after the Decease of the said Arnold Paul, several Persons complain’d that They were tormented, and that, in short, he had taken away the Lives of four Persons. In order, therefore, to puta Stop to such a Calamity, the Inhabitants of the Place, after having consulted their Hardagi, caused he Body of the said Arnold Paul to be taken up, 40 Days after he had been dead, and found the same to be fresh and free from all Manner of Corruption; that he bled at the Nose, Mouth and Ears, as pure and florid Blood as ever was seen; and that his Shroud and Winding-Sheet were all over bloody; and lastly his Finger and Toe Nails were fallen off, and new ones grown in their Room.

As They observed from all these Circumstances, that he was a Vampyre, They according to Custom drove a Stake through his Heart; at which he gave a horrid Groan, and lost a gread deal of Blood. Afterwards they burnt his Body to Ashes the same Day, and thrrew them into his Grave.

These good Med say farther, that all such as have been tormented, or kill’d by the Vampyres, become Vampyres when they are dead; and therefore They served several other Bodies as They had done Arnold Paul’s, for tormenting the Living.

Batruer, first Lieutenant fo the Regiment of Alexander.
Flickhenger, Surgeon Major to the Regiment of Furstenburch.
three other Surgeons.
Gurschitz, Captain a Stallath.

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the truth about vampyres and their ilk

Posted on July 12th, 2010 by admin and filed under vampyres

Leopold von Ranke, The history of Servia, page 46. It has nothing to do with Vlad the Impaler, but is most amusing: imperial bureaucracy making folk tales from the periphery official, and causing panic in the hearth of the empire.

The Austrians were fascinated with spirits that had a taste for young virginal blood, and after Serbia was lost, the story was moved to the “Krapaks” (somewhere in the Tatra mountains) , and playwrights and balet directors had their way with it most unashamedly. By the time Stoker got his turn, the stories about evil dead lusting for the blood of young and inexperienced females were common place, and the Carpathians (Krapak -> Carpat … kinda sounds the same, and were futher away from the enlightened cities of the Empire) were cursed with being the place where it all was supposed to start.

““Curieuse und sehrwunderbare Relation von denen sich neuer Dingen in Servien erzeigenden Blut Saugern oder Vampyrs” 1732.

A small publication which is founded on two official reports of the years 1725 and 1732 forwarded to Belgrade at the time of the Austrian rule in Servia. The last addressed to Prince Charles Alexander of Wurtemberg, at that time Governor of Belgrade, is a very circumstantial account and certified by the signature of a colonel an ensign and three surgeons in the army. As the Prince was staying at Stuttgart it became known in Germany and the people were already afraid that the vampyres might spread there and visit them also. “

Posted on Monday, July 12th, 2010 at 3:49 PM and is filed under vampyres. RSS 2.0 feed.

evil lazy peasants

Posted on July 9th, 2010 by admin and filed under Uncategorized

“The Bohemian peasants are miserable to the degree; their persons and all that they have, are at the command of the Lord. The poor wretches have often not a bit of bread to eat, in a country which is one of the most plentiful in Europe all sorts of provisions. They dare not go one from village to another to work, nor learn a handicraft trade without their Lord’s consent. So much subjection keeps the poor creatures always trembling and humble; so that if you do but speak to them, they are ready to lick the dust off feet. The severity with which these people are used, is really terrible; but ’tis as true on the hand, that gentle usage has no effect upon them; for they are excessively lazy and stubborn, and being moreover used to harsh treatment, from generation to generation, blows scarce terrify them though ’tis the only way to make them good any thing.

The Bohemians have a great genius for musick; so that there’s no village, be it ever so small, the mass is sung in concert; and they are happy at winding the hunter’s horn.”


Posted on Friday, July 9th, 2010 at 11:17 PM and is filed under Uncategorized. RSS 2.0 feed.