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1849 Excerpt: ...some thirty at one time were decapitated on the
Aceldama of Canton. The Ladrones, in old days, were formidable
foes, and though they were finally overcome, their rascally
descendants have the will, without the power, of cutting as many
throats as their ancestors. But it is time that we leave the ships
and go ashore. We may enter the town from Jack's house, and pass
through a line of houses and shops of the most wretched description
to reach it, and then must traverse several fields before we come
to Whampoa proper. The shops were mean and dirty, and their
proprietors evidently very poor; they seemed to have nothing to
sell beyond joss sticks, cheap tea, and ordinary rice. In one shop
we saw a fellow engaged in beating some kind of grain. He had a
large stone basin and a heavy pestle attached to a board, and
turning on a pivot, and supporting his hands by means of a bar
resting on upright supports at the side of the basin, he, by means
of treading on the end of the board, with each foot alternately,
gave to the pestle a constant and equal motion. It fell as
regularly as a steam trip-hammer, and China certainly has no need
of labor-saving machines when her dense population perform every
act as well if not quite as rapidly without them. The path we
pursued was of stone, about two feet broad, leading through the
beautiful meadows, and so it is all over China. In the greater part
of the empire there are no roads at all, and mandarins, bearing
important dispatches, ride along these paths on horseback. They are
of granite, which much resembles ours, and a little elevated above
the level of the fields. There are so many people to a square mile
in China, that there is little room to spare for public highways,
and no necessity for them, as men occupy the place of bea...
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