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Among the many little items which attract the attention of the traveller in this country is one of a peculiar sensitiveness on the part of the people in regard to the writings of those who visit their shores. The press of other countries is closely watched by them, and immediately a new book appears bearing upon themselves or their land it is procured and very closely scrutinized, and seldom fails to arouse their indignation against the author for some of his views or impressions. Borrow one of these books from the public or a private library and you will soon notice a little trick that many have of underscoring all favorable passages-often whole pages at a time--and of adding foot-notes or comments upon those which are not so pleasing or at all critical. They seem to have taken to the idea that a visitor has no right to state things as they impress him, and some of these authors would not be very warmly greeted should they ever return.

Overlooking any disagreeable traits or habits of their countrymen, these people point with pride to the high standard of morals and education which all visitors remark, and for which they are perhaps somewhat remarkable. As for the morals, the standard of the people as a whole is high. Murders have never been known, and brawls or other social disturbances are foreign to Iceland; but among the lower classes in the towns, where they seemed to have learned the tricks of other nations, petty larceny is not at all uncommon, and the only thing that keeps it from being less so is their clumsiness in pilfering and the consequent fear of being caught. In another respect, too, the morals of the common people throughout the island will hardly bear close scrutiny, but in this they have not been set the best example by the visitors and residents from other countries. That there is a high standard of education among these people is pretty generally known throughout other lands, but just how far it extends or

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