They know how to spare when they see occasion; and when they strike, the axe may be sharp indeed, but its edge is seldom poisoned with ill-will; nor is it their custom
ignominiously to kick the head which they have just struck off.
I mention this peaceful spot with all possible laud for it is in such little retired Dutch valleys, found here and there embosomed in the great State of New York, that population, manners, and customs
remain fixed, while the great torrent of migration and improvement, which is making such incessant changes in other parts of this restless country, sweeps by them unobserved.
As we swam smoothly along between the enchanting shores, we fell to swapping notes about manners and customs
in Germany and elsewhere.
We hear you, Lord of the Axe," answered one of the councillors, "but first, O Unconquered, you must on this day of the year, according to ancient custom
, give public challenge to any man to fight you for the Groan-Maker and for your place as chief of the People of the Axe.
There are some laws and customs
in this empire very peculiar; and if they were not so directly contrary to those of my own dear country, I should be tempted to say a little in their justification.
There is another custom
amongst them yet more extraordinary, which is, that the wife is punished whenever the husband proves false to the marriage contract; this punishment indeed extends no farther than a pecuniary mulct, and what seems more equitable, the husband is obliged to pay a sum of money to his wife.
Aouda and he had remained, despite the cold, under the portico of the Custom
It is the custom
in war," said D'Artagnan, "why should it not be the custom
in a duel?
Officers of the Custom
House, too, which stood on the opposite side of King Street, often sat in the chair wagging their tongues against John Hancock.
OF THE ISLANDERS--THEIR CHANTING, AND THE PECULIARITY OF THEIR VOICE--RAPTURE OF THE KING AT FIRST HEARING A SONG--A NEW DIGNITY CONFERRED ON THE AUTHOR--MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN THE VALLEY--ADMIRATION OF THE SAVAGES AT BEHOLDING A PUGILISTIC PERFORMANCE--SWIMMING INFANT--BEAUTIFUL TRESSES OF THE GIRLS--OINTMENT FOR THE HAIR
prevails principally among the tribes on the sea-coast, and about the lower parts of the rivers.
Our enormous burdens, instead of being carried on our shoulders as had been the custom
of old, were all snugly deposited in the baggage car, and, as I was assured, would be delivered to their respective owners at the journey's end.