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Image from page 524 of “Recollections of an ill-fated expedition to the headwaters of the Madeira River in Brazil” (1907)

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Identifier: recollectionsofi00crai
Title: Recollections of an ill-fated expedition to the headwaters of the Madeira River in Brazil
Year: 1907 (1900s)
Authors: Craig, Neville B., 1847-1926 Madeira and Mamoré Association
Subjects: Madeira-Mamoré Railway Mercedita (Ship) Collins Expedition (1878-1879) Brazil — Description and travel
Publisher: Philadelphia & London : J.B. Lippincott
Contributing Library: Brown University Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Brown University

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e expedition was in charge of Dr. C. A. Morsing,an engineer of much ability and force, born in Sweden,educated in the United States and naturalized inBrazil. Dr. Morsings plans were very satisfactory,but he seems to have proved unequal to the emergencieswhich he had to encounter in the field and, so far asthe writer can learn, accomplished absolutely nothingbeyond taking some photographic views in order toshow the actual condition of affairs at and above SanAntonio. In the following year Senhor Julio Pinkas, anAustrian engineer officer, who had been a subordinateof Dr. Morsing and enjoyed much local prestige, wasplaced at the head of a commission of fifteen memberswith authority to employ all assistance necessary tocomplete the railway examination. The commission sailed from Rio de Janeiro Janu-ary 10,1883, and from notes made by two eyewitnessesof the embarkation we make the following quotations.One of these observers writes, ^^I can yet see the swarm 2; o > > > O!2! GOGO to

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AN ILL-FATED EXPEDITION 455 of dramatically dressed young engineers, with patentleather boots, spurs, revolvers, field glasses, and fetch-ing pith helmets distinctly in evidence, while paradingin and out of the fashionable cafes of Rio, prior to em-barking on their patriotic mission of teaching OsYankis a lesson in railroad building/ The other says: We went on board the steam packet Espirito San-to onwhich they were to sail, with considerable curiosityand the two of us, who were relicts of the Americanexpedition, stood aloof and watched the proceedingswith great and not unnatural interest. Both of us well—too well—remembered the departure of the varioussections of our expedition from the United States and,when we saw these carefully selected scions of thenobility and aristocracy of Brazil falling upon eachothers necks and any—or every—neck within reach,while weeping and wailing out their adieus with floodsof tears, we made up our minds that the kind of ma-terial required to re

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