A Ramble Round the World, 1871: Japan (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, 1874 - China
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Page 188 - Can one say the same thing of the effect of English emigration ? Evidently not. I set aside all question of India, which I have not yet visited. But everywhere, especially in North America, the contact of the Anglo-Saxon race with semi-barbarous savages is fatal to the latter. They only adopt European vices; they hate and fly from us, and that is the wisest thing they can do; or else they perish miserably. In every way they remain what they have always been— savages. But what is the use of discussing...
Page 187 - The greater part of the politicians whom we now see at the head of their republics are of Indian origin. I have had pure Red-skins as colleagues; and I have seen ladies of the same colour, dressed by Worth, delighting in Patti's roulades. I do not quote these personages as models of statesmen; or these fair critics as great authorities in music; but the fact is none the less significant. Well, this is the work of Spanish colonisation.
Page 186 - ... of the Spanish and Portuguese conquerors, and accused them of unheard-of acts of cruelty, oppression, and wrong. Even those who were reported gentle and humane employed means which our own century would not stand for a moment. But these kingdoms beyond the seas were rich and prosperous, and the capitals of the presidencies became the centres of civilization. The natives flocked into them, and took back to their homes, with the light of Christianity (though perhaps feeble and uncertain) the ideas...
Page 197 - ... was spacious, beautifully clean, and well ventilated. All along the walls are ranged cradles, each containing two children. A number of Sisters, leaning over them, were tending them with the utmost care. Only yesterday these poor little creatures were thrown out on a dungheap, left to be devoured by pigs, or to expire in a slow and horrible agony; to-day they have found mothers, who, to save them, have come from the uttermost parts of the earth on the wings of God-like charity.
Page 251 - China, who are all atheists, ordinarily return at the hour of death to the belief and practices of Buddhism ; and Catholic missionaries have confirmed this assertion.
Page 197 - Strange and marvellous change in these little existences, which reckon only a few hours ! Yesterday these poor little creatures had been thrown on a dung-heap, left to be devoured by the pigs or to expire in a slow and horrible agony. To-day they have found mothers who, to save them, have come from the uttermost parts of the earth on the wings of God-like charity. France is rich enough to pay for her glory, her ideas, her caprices, and even her faults. Since the days of Louis XIV. she has held to...
Page 186 - English deserve the palm which all the world allows them. But if we understand by colonization, carrying civilization into the hearts of the native population whose territory you occupy, then the Portuguese and Spaniards of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries seem to me to have been the first colonizers of the earth. Histories written — do not let us forget it — by pens which were anything but impartial, have tarnished (and justly, if the facts related be true) the reputation of the Spanish...
Page 186 - Humboldt,have visited the Spanish colonies at the beginning of this century — that is, at a time when Spain herself had long since fallen from her rank among the first powers of Europe — speak with admiration of the organization she had left behind — of the regularity of the administrative service in these colonies — of the security and order which reigned there, and of the wisdom of the colonial laws, drawn up and codified under the reign of the Philips. The Court of Madrid, it is true,...
Page 187 - Europe — speak with admiration of the organization she had left behind — of the regularity of the administrabive service in these colonies — of the security and order which reigned there, and of the wisdom of the colonial laws, drawn up and codified under the reign of the Philips. The Court of Madrid, it is true, drew from its territories beyond the seas a quantity of precious metals ; but on the other hand the mother-country gave her blood. The constant emigration which finally exhausted Spain...
Page 316 - ... 18th another, being arrested and sent to trial, confessed, under torture of course, that he had relations with the cathedral verger (Chinese), to whom he sold his stolen children.[19] § 5. Belief in the guilty practices of priests and sisters spread to all classes of society — " To-day [June 16th], Corpus Christi, there were hardly any women at mass. The pagans, who formerly were such great friends with the Christians, draw back now, and consider us bad people.

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