Far Out: Rovings Retold

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W. Isbister, Limited, 1880 - Afghanistan - 386 pages
 

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Page 293 - I sought for merit wherever it was to be found. It is my boast, that I was the first minister who looked for it, and found it, in the mountains of the North. I called it forth, and drew into your service a hardy and intrepid race of men — men, who, when left by your jealousy, became a prey to the artifices of your enemies, and had gone nigh to have overturned the state in the war before the last.
Page 305 - are most of them old decayed serving-men, and tapsters, and such kind of fellows ; and,' said I, ' their troops are gentlemen's sons, younger sons and persons of quality : do you think that the spirits of such base and mean fellows will ever be able to encounter gentlemen, that have honour and courage and resolution in them?
Page 293 - ... of your enemies, and had gone nigh to have overturned the State in the war before the last. These men, in the last war, were brought to combat on your side : they served with fidelity as they fought with valour, and conquered for you in every part of the world : detested be the national reflections against them ! They are unjust, groundless, illiberal, unmanly.
Page 221 - Afar in the desert I love to ride, With the silent Bush-boy alone by my side...
Page 165 - The justice of this chief affords a constant theme of praise to all classes : the peasant rejoices at the absence of tyranny ; the citizen at the safety of his home and the strict municipal regulations regarding weights and measures ; the merchant at the equity of the decisions and the protection of his property, and the soldiers at the regular manner in which their arrears are discharged. A man in power can have no higher praise.
Page 166 - It had been clearly ascertained, from the information furnished by the various officers who have visited Afghanistan, that the Barukzye chiefs, from their disunion and unpopularity, were ill-fitted, under any circumstances, to be useful allies to the British Government, and to aid us in our just and necessary measures of national defence.
Page iii - Its stony jaws, the abrupt mountain breaks, And seems, with its accumulated crags, To overhang the world ; for wide expand Beneath the wan stars and descending moon Islanded seas, blue mountains, mighty streams, Dim tracts and vast, robed in the lustrous gloom Of leaden-coloured even, and fiery hills Mingling their flames with twilight, on the verge Of the remote horizon.
Page 304 - There was more in the dying words of this Celtic grenadier than the mere outburst of his heroic heart. The garret-bred ' boys ' would not go on. It is in moments such as this that the cabin on the hillside, the shieling in the Highland glen, become towers of strength to the nation that possess them. It is in moments such as this that between the peasant-born soldier and the man who first saw the light in a crowded
Page 380 - They are sure to be most welcome to all who can appreciate a broad, genial humanity, mingled with much pathos and a keen insight into the deeper workings of the human soul."— Daily Telegraph.
Page 384 - The concentrated power which we admire in ' Citoyenne Jacqueline ' is precisely the kind of power to ensure an equal success to the author in * Days of Yore. ' No story in the book disappoints us : each has ' the virtue of a full draught in a few drops ; ' and in each there is the quintessence of such a novel as Thackeray might have written,"— Pall Mall Gazette.

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