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Page 152 - Travels in India" (1677), says, — I will finally make mention of the snakestone, which is nearly of the size of a double doubloon [a Spanish gold coin], some of them tending to an oval shape, being thick in the middle and becoming thin towards the edges. The Indians say that it grows on the heads of certain snakes, but I should rather believe that it is the priests of the idolaters who make them think so. and that this stone is a composition which is made of certain drugs. Whatever it may be, it...
Page 152 - ... it has extracted all the venom which is drawn to it. In order to clean it it is steeped in woman's milk, or, in default of it, in that of a cow ; and after having been steeped for ten or twelve hours, the milk, which has absorbed all the venom, assumes the colour of matter.
Page 234 - I have neither added to nor taken from the answer that the Pendels gave me ; but I suspect it was so framed college, which the Raja JAI SINGH, the most powerful of the idolatrous princes, who was then in the Empire of the GREAT MOGUL, has founded for the education of ihe youth of good families.
Page 104 - Meshed is the classic locality for the true turquoise] ; the other, which is called "the new," is five days' journey from it. Those of the new are of an inferior blue, tending to white, and are little esteemed, and one may purchase as many of them as he likes at small cost. But for many years the King of PERSIA has prohibited mining in the " old rock " for any one but himself, because having no gold workers in the country besides those who work in thread, who are ignorant of the art of enamelling...
Page 75 - business is conducted with freedom and fidelity'.29 Describing a diamond mine in Kolher near Golecunda (South India) Tavernier says: '...there were close upon 60,000 persons who worked there, including men, women and children, who are employed in diverse ways, the men in digging, the women and children in carrying earth. . .'30 A little later (1656-83) when another Frenchman, Bernier, visited India he was of the view that there was no other country where so much variety could be found. Referring...
Page 205 - There are some among them who are foolish enough to bury their treasures during their lifetime, as, for instance, nearly all the rich men of the kingdom of ASSAM, so that if they enter, after death, the body of any poor and miserable mendicant, they can have recourse to the money which they have buried in order to draw from it at necessity.
Page 153 - Goa is situated, on his way to a house in the country, one of his palanquin bearers, who was almost naked, was bitten by a serpent, and was at once cured by this stone. I have bought many of them, and it is that which makes me think that they make them. You employ two methods to ascertain if the snake stone is good and that there is no fraud.
Page 59 - Business is conducted with freedom and fidelity. Two per cent on all purchases is paid to the king, who receives also a royalty from the merchants for permission to mine.