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Jepson Field Book volume 15 page 108 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

 
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Jepson Field Book volume 15 page 108
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Florence  - We had a beautiful days ride from Rome to Florence, the walled towns crowning the hills, "like a town set on a hill", the peasants working in the fields (we saw 100-acre fields being spaded by hand!), Mulberry trees, for silkworms, tall poplar-like trees pollarded every year, the pollarding being from the short branches scattered along the main stem so that the effect is very peculiar [see image for drawing] 70 or 80  ft high. No wood is wasted in Italy. The kindling brought into the room ::::::::: Feb. 28, 1905  at Savoy Hotel, Rome, consisted of bound bundles of roots and twigs. Cartloads of "wood" in the streets of Rome consisted of such stuff as would be burned in a California orchard. No fences between the farms. Laborers get 15 to 30 cents a day. The live on a few things. So in Bible times they live on "bread and wine". The typical loaf is large and round with a great hole in the centre. They put their arm through it and carry it or slip it over a stake on the cart.  Florence! Mother of Arts. Sculpture, Architecture, Painting and Poetry. Its wealth of treasure confound the senses.
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