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Title: En route; a descriptive automobile tour through nine countries & over nineteen great passes of Europe
Year: 1908 (1900s)
Authors: Trevor, Roy
Subjects: Europe — Description and travel
Publisher: London : E. Stanford
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN
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untsmore rapidly. Once round the bend Merc^d^s wasable to exert her full power, and hurled herself atthe steep road with a long, musical hum. Mountinghigher we obtained a glorious view of the gorges nowlying beneath us, their tortuous course clearly shown,their threatening rocks illuminated by the sun.Simplon village, surrounded by green pastures, dis-appeared beneath us, and on turning a corner, the roadpasses through the havoc wrought by the glaciers. Once this had been a peaceful green valley—alittle village had nestled amidst the alpine rosesneath the snowy peaks, and at the foot of the Koss-boden Glacier. One day in the winter of 1901 when,praise be to Heaven, the devout inhabitants hadquitted their homes for a lower altitude during thewinter, that same glacier suddenly burst. Withoutthe slightest warning the whole ground commencedto move, and with a roar more deafening than theloudest thunder, it hurled millions of tons of rockupon the doomed village, and converted the quiet48
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OVER SIMPLON TO MATTERHORN valley into a scene of the wildest desolation. Ofthe village only one house escaped ; standing to theleft it was out of the path of the avalanche and is tobe seen there to-day. Everywhere else, as far as theeye can see, is a mass of tumbled rock and giganticboulders, over which a silence reigns. A way forthe road is cut through the enormous debris, whilehigh above tower the green pinnacles of the glacieras it gazes tranquilly upon the destruction it hascaused; perhaps, who knows ? meditating anotherrush into the already devastated valley. Very different is the scene which the road nowtraverses, climbing upon one side up a long greenvalley: to the left appeared the old Hospitz, asolitary square building, once the only place ofrefuge upon the pass. The old building, longsince given over to the use of goatherds, still holdsa romantic memory by reason of those who oncelived and died within its decaying walls. Herea few monks, brothers of the devoted heroes ofthe
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