from all din and darkness of those lane streets he finds himself on the sea inhaling full-drawn breaths of its ever pure breezes. Of the interior of the better house which came under my observation, I was struck with the profusion of dumpy, ill proportioned pillars, and with the spaciousness and viney, green, open-fielded appearance of their enclosed square house gardens, or courts. Cubans appeared to me as superfinely polished, polite, and agreeable in society, but in their treatment of animals they are cruel. I observed more of free uncontaminated cruelty to horses during the few weeks of my stay here than in my whole life elsewhere. Live chickens and hogs are tided in bunches by the legs and carried thus slung on a mule to market. In their general treatment of animals they appear to have no thought for them beyond cold-blooded selfish interest. [Drawing – “Going to market.” And “Live hogs exposed for sale.”]
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.
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