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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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whose bright-colored kerchiefs, often wound tastefully
round the head, produce a picturesque appearance,
a thousand times preferable to the bonnets
and caps worn in the Free States, which are
unbecoming to them. What struck me most in
the streets, next to the multitude of negroes, was
the large flocks of turkey-buzzards, which swooped
down here and there, picking up any offal that
they could find to eat, and which were so fearless
that they would scarcely move out of the way for
pedestrians. I saw some of them sitting in rows
on the roofs and chimneys, and a very strange
appearance they made, stretching out their heavy wings
in the air and sunshine. They are regarded
in Charleston as a species of city scavengers, and
are therefore welcome in the streets. It is
forbidden to destroy them.

March 29. Cold, cold, still intolerably cold
to-day. At five o’clock this morning I heard the
drum which calls the negro slaves to work.
Yesterday afternoon I was invited by acquaintances
from the Northern states, who are here in the
hotel, to drive out with them, and we had a charming
drive in the delightful sunshine. The country
is very flat as far as one can see. Beautiful
forest tracts, water, and tree plantations all
contribute a charm. The city itself lies by the sea

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