China, a popular history, Volume 2

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Pagina 79 - very pleasant, on this occasion, to behold with " what sagacity they portion out the lake or the " canal where they are upon duty. They hunt " about, they plunge, they rise a hundred times to " the surface, until they have at last found their " prey. They then seize it with their beak by the " middle, and carry it without fail to their master. " When the fish is too large, they then give each " other mutual assistance : one seizes it by the " head, the other by the tail, and in this manner " carry...
Pagina 80 - ... work is over. In this manner they supply a very plentiful table ; but still their natural gluttony cannot be reclaimed even by education. They have always, while they fish, the same string fastened round their throats, to prevent them from devouring their prey, as otherwise they would at once satiate themselves, and discontinue the pursuit the moment they had filled their bellies.
Pagina 141 - ... graciously beckoned us to approach, having ordered his people to stop ; he entered into conversation with us, and, with great affability of manner, told us that he was on his way to the pagoda, where he usually paid his morning devotions ; that as we professed a different religion from his he would not ask us to accompany him, but that he had ordered his first minister and chief Colaos to conduct us through his garden, and to show us whatever we were desirous of seeing there.
Pagina 144 - I do not much admire. Artificial rocks and ponds, with gold and silver fish, are, perhaps, too often introduced ; and the monstrous porcelain figures of lions and tigers, usually placed before the pavilions, are displeasing to an European eye. But these are trifles of no great moment ; and I am astonished that now, after six hours' critical survey of these gardens, I can scarcely recollect any thing besides to find fault with.
Pagina 154 - Noah's ark, and which represent the rude and coarse constructions of the remotest ages, to the fragile planks upon which a solitary leper hangs upon the outskirts of society — boats of every form and applied to every purpose, — exhibit an incalculable amount of population, which may be called amphibious, if not aquatic. Not only are land and water crowded with Chinese, but many dwell on artificial islands which float upon the lakes, — islands with gardens and houses raised upon the rafters...
Pagina 142 - I accompanied the ministers and other great calaos of the court to a pavilion prepared for us, from whence, after a short collation, we set out on horseback to view this wonderful garden. We rode about three miles through a very beautiful park, kept in the highest order, and much resembling...
Pagina 75 - The sky is so cloudy," said he ; " but wait a moment ;" and with these words he ran towards the farm, and came back a few minutes afterwards with a cat in his arms. "Look here," said he, "it is not noon yet ;" and he showed us the cat's eyes, by pushing up the lids with his hands. We looked at the child with surprise, but he was evidently in earnest ; and the cat, though astonished, and not much pleased at the experiment made on her eyes, behaved with most exemplary complaisance. "Very well...
Pagina 75 - thank you;" and he then let go the cat, who made her escape pretty quickly, and we continued our route. To say the truth, we had not at all understood the proceeding ; but we did not wish to question the little pagan, lest he should find out that we were Europeans by our ignorance. As soon as...
Pagina 189 - It has always appeared to me to be doubtful whether the right of entering the city of Canton would be productive of any material advantage to British residents ; while it has been plain that the unrestricted entrance of British residents into that city might lead to disputes and collisions between British subjects and Chinese, the consequences of which might be serious.
Pagina 24 - The military were called out, but would not attack the people ; and the Government, utterly powerless, had to overlook the insult. . . . Similar scenes of outrage and popular revenge occurred in many parts of China, and the ascendancy of the populace daily increased. Men of the worst character, gifted with a glib tongue, put themselves at the head of the movement, and did incalculable mischief. The Mandarins were often obliged to buy off these demagogues, and to make their peace by very large and...

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