OUR ARTIST IN CUBA.
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ARTIST IN CUBA.
FIFTY DRAWINGS ON WOOD.
THE SKETCH-BOOK OF A TRAVELER,
DURING THE WINTER OF 864-5,
GEO. W. CARLETON.
Carleton, Publisher, 413 Broadway.
London: S. Low, Son &' Co.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1865, by
GEO. W. CARLETON,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United
States for the Southern District of New York.
A PRELIMINARY WORD.
SICK TRANSIT -
Two BOOBIES 2
A COLORED HERCULES 3
THE CUBAN JEHU 4
IGLESIA DE SAN FRANCISCO 5
A CUBAN MOTIVE 6
AN INFLUENZA -
FLEE FOR SHELTER 8
THE RIDE -
A COCK-FIGHT 0
RATHER COOL - I
A SPANISH RETREAT 1- 2
TAKE YOUR PICK -- 13
SPIDERS, RATS, AND COCKROACHES 14
MATERFAMILIAS ET FILIUS 16
A CULINARY DEPARTMENT 17
A BUNDLE OF CLOTHES -18
A BUTTON-SMASHER 19
WHITE PANTALOONS 20
A CARNIVAL ACQUAINTANCE 21
BEAUTY AT THE BALL -22
A DISAPPOINTMENT 23
DOLCE FAR NIENTE -24
THE SPANISH TONGUE -26
AN UNWELCOME VISITOR 27
AN AGREEABLE BATH -28
A CELESTIAL MAID - 29
A STATUE ON A BUST -30
A TAIL UNFOLDED 3
PUT MONEY IN THY PURSE 32
SUGAR AND WATER 33
GREEN FIELDS AND PASTURES NEW 34
A SEGAR WELL-LIGHTED 3
WHERE SHALL REST BE FOUND -36
ALL ABOARD 37
THE MATANZAS CAVE -- -38
A HARD ROAD TO TRAVEL 39
A SHADY RETREAT 40
A SPANISH GROCER 4r
COLORED HELP -42
VERY MOORISH 43
CHACUN A SON Gor 44
NATURE'S SWEET RESTORER 45
A COT IN THE VALLEY 47
A COLORED BEAUTY -48
CORNER STONES 49
A SUDDEN DEPARTURE 50
A PRELIMINARY WORD.
SWITH many misgivings, the author of this
little brochure has been persuaded to give
the prominence of publication to a mere
pocket-book collection of way-side pen-and-
ink sketches, the chance results of idle mo-
ments, sandwiched with such Cuban events
as paring oranges and sipping from their
cups of nectar-tearing through the narrow
streets of Havana in ragged volantes-list-
ening in the soft moonlight, and arm-in-arm
with Cuban sefioritas, to the Artillery band
in the Plaza des Armas-assisting with dom-
ino and false nose at the masquerades in
the Tacon Theatre--lounging with ices or
delicious chocolate at the Cafe Dominica--
dallying with cigar and fragrant coffee, after
the regulation breakfast of codfish, garlic,
and onions--snuffing up the perfumed air,
viii A PRELIMINARY WORD.
and strolling through the golden orange-
groves of Cafetals--joining in the battle,
murder, and sudden death of Marinao cock-
fights-vagabondizing along the shady side
of Calle Obispo-and so forth, through all
the dolce far nientes of a stranger's drift-
ing life, among the lights and shadows of
the Antilles' Queen.
The only merit the pictures possess,
perhaps, is their faithfulness to nature.
Though chiefly caricatures, they represent
such incidents and scenes as every one,
with both eyes open, sees, who visits Cuba;
and being sketched upon the spot, with all
the crispy freshness of a first impression,
they possess a sort of photographic value,
that, in spite of their grotesqueness, may
prove more lasting than the entertainment
which their humor offers.
NEW YORK, April, 1865.
'HE START.-THE STEAMSHIP COLlfMBIA.
First day out.-The wind freshens up a trifle as we
get outside. Sandy Hook; but our artist says he
is'nt sea-sick, for he never felt better in his life.
IN THE GULF OF MEXICO.
A Booby "-as seenfrm the ship's deck.
A Booby-as seen on the ship's deck.
ARRIVAL AT HAVANA.
A side elevation of the colored gentleman who carried
our luggage from the small boat to the Custom House.
STREETS OF HAVANA.-CALLE MERCADERES.
The first volante driver that our artist saw in Havana.
VIEW FROM OUR WINDOW AT THE
The old Convent and Bell Tower of the Church
of San Francisco,-now used as a Custom House.
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'STREETS OF HAVANA.-CALLE TENIENTE RE.
A Caban Cart and its Motive Power.-Ye patient Donkey.
AT THE CAFE LOUVRE.
Manners znd Customs of a Cuban wdth
a Cold in his Head.
THE [WICKED] FLEA OF HAVANA.
PART I.-The beast in a torpid condition.
PART II.-When he "smells the blood of an
THE NATIONAL VEHICLE OF HAVANA.
Manner and Custom of Harnessing ye Animiles to ye Cuban Volante.
A COCK-FIGHT IN CUBA.
I.-Chanticleer as he goes in.
II.-Clanticleer considerably "played.out."
STREETS OF HIAVANA.-CALLE LAMPARILLA.
The cool and airy style in which tley dress
the rising colored generation of Havana.
THE CUBAN TOOTH-PICK.
'Two ways of carrying it-behind the ear, and in the back-hair.
THE CAPTAIN GENERAL'S QUINTA.
View of the Canal and Cocoa Tree; looking East
from the Grotto.
THE DOMESTIC INSECTS OF HAVANA.
Agitation of the Better-Half of Our Artist, upon entering her chamber and
making their acquaintance.
A LITTLE EPISODE IN THE CALLE DARRATILLO,
A slight difference ariss between the housekeeper's cat and the butcher's
dog, who has just come out in his summer costume.
STREETS OF HAVANA.-CALLE COMPOSTELLA.
The Free Negro.-An every-day scene, when
the weather is fine.
AN INTERIOR IN HAVANA.
Kitchen, chief-cook and bottle-washer in the
establishment of Mrs. Franke, out on the
HEADS OF THE PEOPLE.
A portrait of the young lady, whose family (after con-
siderable urging) consents to take in our washing.
PRIMITIVE HABITS OF THE NATIVES.
Washing in Havana.-$4 oo a dozen in gold.
WASHING IN HAVANA..
LI-My pantaloons as they went i. II.-My pantaloons as they came out.
CARNIVAL IN HAVANA.
A Masquerade at the Tacon Theatre.-Types of Costume, with a glimpse of the
"Cuban Dance" in the background.
A MASK BALL AT THE TACON.
Our artist mixes in the giddy dance, and falls
desperately in love with this sweet creature--but
LATER IN THE EVENING,
When the "sweet creature" unmasks, our Artist
suddenly recovers from his fit of admiration. Alas I
beauty is but mask deep.
STREETS OF HAVANA-CALLE OBRAPIA.
The Cuban Wbeelbarrdw-In Repcse.
STREETS OF HAVANA-CALLE O'REILLY.
The Cuban Wheelbarrow-In action.
FIRST HOUR I SECOND HOUR II THIRD HOUR I I
Our Artist forms the praiseworthy determination of studying the Spanish
language, and devotes three hours to the enterprise.
BED-ROOMS IN CUBA.
The Shorpion of Havana,-encountered in his native jungle.
SEA-BATHS IN HAVANA.
Our Artist having prepared himself for a jolly plunge, inadvertently observes an
insect peculiar to the water, and rather thinks he won't go- in just now.
HOTELS IN HAVANA.
A cheerful Chinese Chambermaid (?) at the
Fonda de Ingleterra, outside the walls.
HIGH ART IN HAVANA.
A gay (but slightly mutilated) old plaster-of-
Paris girl, that I found in one of the avenues
of the Bishop's Garden, on the "Cerro."
LOCOMOTION IN THE COUNTRY.
A Cuban Planter going into town with his plunder.
SHOPPING IN HAVANA.
Our Artist just steps around the corner, to look at
a "sweet thing in fans" that his wife has found.
THE NATIONAL BEVERAGE OF HAVANA.
Our Artist indulges in a panale frio (a sort of lFme-ade), at the Caf4 Dominica,
and gets so set up," that he vows he won't go home till morning.
THE LIZARDS OF CUBA.
Our Artist, on an entomological expedition-in the Bishop's Garden, is disagree-
ably surprised to find such sprightly specimens.
SMOKING IN HAVANA.
An English acquaintance of Our Artist wants a light for his paper segar;
whereupon the waiter, according to custom, brings a live coal.
THE MUSQUITOS OF HAVANA.
A midsummer's night dream.-Our Artist is just the least bit disturbed in his
rest, and gently remonstrates.
PUBLIC SERVANTS IN CUBA.
A gay and festive Chinese brakeman, on the
railroad near Guines.-The shirt-collar-and-pair-
of-spurs style of costume.
ONE OF THE SENSATIONS IN CUBA.
The Great Cave near Matanzas.-Picturesque House over the Entrance.
THE GREAT CAVE NEAR MATANZAS.
A section of the interior-showing the comfortable manner in which our artist
followed the guide, inspected the stalactites, and comported himself generally.
THE OUTSKIRTS OF MATANZAS.
One of the Fortifications.-Sketched from the end of the Passeo, on a day hots
enough to give anything but a donkey the brain fever.
ARCHITECTURE IN MATAN2A9.
A romantic little tientr mnista (grocery store) on
a corner, in the Calle Ona.
A CAFFETAL NEAR MATANZAS.
Our Artist becomes dumb with admiration, at'the ingenious manner of toting
THE PICTURESQUE IN MATANZAS.
A singular little bit, out of the Calle Manzana.
A SUGAR PLANTATION, NEAR THE YUMORI.
Our Artist essays to drink the
milk from a green Cocoa;
Fatal effect.-An uncomfortable
A BED-CHAMBER IN MATANZAS.
First night at the Gran Hotel Leon de Oro."-Our artist is accommodated with quarters
on the ground-floor, convenient to the court-yard, and is lulled to sleep by a little domestic
concert of cats, dogs, donkeys, parrots and game-cocks.
ECONOMY IS WEALTH.
Showing the manner in which one ox accomplishes the labor of two, in San Felipe.
THE SUBURBS OF CALABAZAR.
A Planter's Hut, and three scraggly Palm Trees in the dim distance.
PLANTATIONS NVAIZ MARIANAS.
A Colored Beauty toting Sugar Cane from the
field to the grinding mill.
ARCHITECTURE IN IIAVANA.
A conglomerate Esquiria, on the comer of Calle
Obispo and Monserate.
LAST NIGHT IN HAVANA.
Alarm of Our Artist and Wife, upon going to their room to pack, and discover-
ing that a Tarantula has taken possession of their trunk