Roumanians, Orsova, Austria-Hungary

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Orsova is a city in the Transylvanian Alps on the eastern border of Austria-Hungary. It is on the north shore of the Danube River just above the famous Iron Gate. It is the principal market for southeastern Hungary, and is, for this reason, a busy little river port. The Danube is the river seen here. This is one of the great rivers of Europe. It rises in the highlands of Germany, flows in a southeasterly direction to the center of Austria-Hungary, and then turns sharply southward. At Belgrade (bl´ grd´) where the Save River joins it, it turns almost due east and keeps its general direction until it empties into the Black Sea. Just below Orsova, where the river breaks through the Transylvanian Alps, is the Iron Gate. This is one of the most dangerous river passages in Europe. The Gate is made by a peninsula of rocks extending from the shore, almost across the river. Through these rocks the waters of the Danube rush rapidly. It was formerly impossible to take a vessel of any size through the natural passages, but now the rocks have been blasted away on one side, making a channel. The dangers to navigation, however, have not been entirely overcome. The persons here shown are Roumanians. Roumania (r-m´ n-å) lies east of Austria-Hungary, and Orsova is just across the border line from it. Perhaps this is a group of gypsies for which Roumania is famed. Roumania is the home of the gypsy tribe. These people rove over the country, have their own rulers, and live much in the same way that the tribal nations of an early day lived. You will observe the queer costume of the boy, especially. The mountains you see on the other side of the river are in Serbia. Keystone ID: 15658 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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