CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS



By Filson Young





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A man standing on the sea-shore



Absent for a little time, and his

organisation went to pieces



All days, however hard, have an

evening, and all journeys an end



Amerigo Vespucci



And every one goes naked and unashamed



At last extricate himself from the

theological stupor



Attempts that have been made to glorify

him socially



Bede, in the eighth century,

established it finally (sphericity)



Began to offer bargains to the Almighty



Believed that the Spaniards came from

heaven



Biography which obscures the truth with

legends and pretences



Cannibal epicures did not care for the

flesh of women and boys



Christian era denied the theory of the

roundness of the earth



Columbus, calling for an egg, laid a

wager



Columbus never once mentions his wife



Columbus's habit of being untruthful in

regard to his own past



Cooling off in his enthusiasm as the

pastime became a task



Desire to get a great deal of money

without working for it



Diminishing object to the wet eyes of

his mother, sailed away



Dogs wagged their tails, but that never

barked



Establishment of ten footmen and twenty

other servants



Exchanging the natives for cattle



First known discovery of tobacco by

Europeans



First organised transaction of slavery

on the part of Columbus



Freed by force and with guns



Having issued three Bulls in twenty-

four hours, he desisted



He had a way of rising above petty

indignities



He was a great stickler for the

observances of religion



Hearts quick to burn, quick to forget



Heretics were being burned every year

by the Grand Inquisitor



High time, indeed, that they should be

taught to wear clothing



Idea of importing black African labour

to the New World



Ideas to him were of more value than

facts



If there were no results, there would

be no rewards



Inclined to be pompous



Irving: so inaccurate, so untrue to

life, and so profoundly dull



Islands in that sea had their greatest

length east and west



Juan Ponce de Leon, the discoverer of

Florida



Learn the blessings of Christianity

under the whip



Lives happily in our dreams, as blank

as sunshine



Logic is irresistible if you only grant

the first little step



Loose way in which the term India was

applied in the Middle Ages



Man with a Grievance



Man of single rather than manifold

ideas



More than a touch of crafty and

elaborate dissimulation



Nautical phrase "make it so."



Never to deal with subordinates



No more troubled by any wonder, sleeps

at last



No Spanish women accompanied it (2d

expedition)



Nothing so ludicrous as an Idea to

those who do not share it



Only confirmative evidence remained



Patience which holds men back from

theorising



Presence of the owner makes the horse

fat



Professors of Christ brought not peace,

but a sword



Religion has in our days fallen into

decay



Saw potatoes also, although they did

not know what they were



Sea of Darkness



Seeking to hire the protection of the

Virgin



She must either sin or be celibate



Shifts and deceits that he practised



Spaniards sometimes hanged thirteen of

them in a row



Spaniards undertook to teach the

heathen the Christian religion



St. Chrysostom opposed the theory of

the earth's roundness



Stayed till night to eat their sop for

fear of seeing (weevils)



Stuffed so full indeed that eyes and

ears are closed



Tasks that are the common heritage of

all small boys



Terror and amazement; they had never

seen horses before



The cross and the sword, the whip-lash

and the Gospel



The great thing in those days was to

discover something



The missionary walked beside the slave-

driver



The terrified seamen making vows to the

Virgin



Theologians, however, proved equal to

the occasion



There is deception and untruth

somewhere



They saw the past in the light of the

present



Took himself and the world very

seriously



Vague longing and unrest that is the

life-force of the world



When the pot boils the scum rises to

the surface



Who never could meet any trouble

without grumbling



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