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1859 Excerpt: ...with its million of population, and its
age-accumulated horrors, vice and corruption, plethoric, and
full--fattened and enfeebled by oriental luxury, facilitated, not
controlled, by a material religion, and aided by art enough to
concentrate without refining. Travelers in the United States are
constantly annoyed by the ferocious importunity and deafening cries
with which hackmen are permitted to assail them at the railroad
depots. All this is scarcely equal to the solicitations of the
Tanka girls of China. These girls do all the boating on the
river--such as carrying passengers and messages between the
shipping and the shore. Their boats, roofed over with matting, are
exceedingly neat, every thing being scrupulously clean, and the
smallest thing having its proper place. Order and system are
especially necessary to this neatness, as the boat is the permanent
dwelling of its three or four inmates--their kitchen, dining-room
and bed-chamber. The women wear loose Chinese trowsers and short
frock of dark blue pongee silk, with heavy ear-rings, bracelets,
and anklets of a pearl-colored stone, or of silver. The young ones
are, many of them, quite good looking, with cheerful faces, framed
in a bright-colored kerchief thrown over the head, and fastened
under the chin, and in the smiling, merry animation with which they
urge you to employ their boats, many of them display beautifully
regular and white teeth. Their feet are bare. These boats rushed
and crowded upon our steamer, as we came to the anchorage, in the
most reckless manner, and the captain told me they are frequently
upset, and their inmates drowned. We had anchored immediately in
front of the Hongs, or Factories--that little spot, of all Canton,
in which are shut up all the foreign residents. Its whole ext...
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||246 x 189 x 9mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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