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. 1877. Excerpt: ... FAMILY PARTINGS. In the dining-saloon, we encountered our old friends of the steamer Indus, Major and Mrs. B. They had put off coming on board with their little ones till morning, and were hurrjing to their particular cabins, intent upon settling themselves there before the boat began to move, and had only time for a passing salutation; but it was quite easy to see, that the bitter separation of this family which would take place at Bombay, had already began to cast its shadow before it, upon the face of each parent. Heaven only knows what death in life, what dearth comes and mingles itself with the wine of joy, in these hard sunderings of families. Years roll on relentlessly; the winsome child goes from the father's arms and only returns after long years, a young lady, or young gentleman, as the case may be. The father, returns to the lonely home, that is no longer home without wife and children; how the dark shadows will weave themselves in and out, over the walls of the most cheerful Indian house, and bine devils lurk in every corner, ready to charge on the lone one with bayonets forged of melancholy. The steamer began to move, and I passed out upon the deck to take a last look at that old land, and the town which was clearly outlined against the bare mountains that had no tint of verdure on them. The atmosphere was of that peculiar mingled blue and gold seen in such arid places, and seemed to hang a soft, pale, purplish veil over all the distant objects, making them positively beautiful, because harmonious. Munorah Point, my friendly landmark of last night, was clear and sharp in all its outlines of crags, walls and towers, frowning down on us so closely, and so much above us, that a pebble might be dropped from the wall upon the deck. It was the last...
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