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The Canton Chinese, or the American's Sojourn in the Celestial Empire (Paperback) Loot Price: R468
Discovery Miles 4 680
The Canton Chinese, or the American's Sojourn in the Celestial Empire (Paperback): Osmond Tiffany

The Canton Chinese, or the American's Sojourn in the Celestial Empire (Paperback)

Osmond Tiffany

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Loot Price R468 Discovery Miles 4 680

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 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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Imprint: Rarebooksclub.com
Country of origin: United States
Release date: May 2012
First published: May 2012
Authors: Osmond Tiffany
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 4mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 72
ISBN-13: 978-1-236-46117-9
Categories: Books
LSN: 1-236-46117-7
Barcode: 9781236461179

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