Topography of Assam

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G. H. Huttmann, Bengal Military Orphan Pres, 1837 - Assam (India) - 166 pages

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Page 71 - The stars shall fade away, the sun himself Grow dim with age. and Nature sink in years, But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth, Unhurt amidst the war of elements, The wreck of matter, and the crash of worlds.
Page 144 - The skull of every animal that has graced the board, is hung up as a record in the hall of the entertainer ; . . . and when he dies, the whole smoke-dried collection of many years is piled upon his grave as a monument of his riches and a memorial of his worth.
Page 133 - TRIBES. jungle, enjoys all the qualities requisite tor rendering it one of the finest in the world. Its climate is cold, healthy, and congenial to European constitutions ; its numerous crystal streams abound in gold dust, and masses of the solid metal ; its mountains are pregnant with precious stones and silver ; its atmosphere is perfumed with tea growing wild and luxuriantly ; and its soil is so well adapted to all kinds of agricultural purposes, that it might be converted into one continued garden...
Page 132 - Frontier of Bengal ; and yet, in a commercial, a statistical, or a political point of view, no country is more important. There our territory of Assam is situated in almost immediate contact with the empires of China and Ava, being separated from each by a narrow belt of mountainous country, possessed by barbarous tribes of independent savages, and capable of being crossed over in the present state of communication in 10 or 12 days.
Page 87 - ... tanks, the works of tens of thousands, the pride of its princes, and the wonder of the present day, are now choked up with weeds and jungle, or altogether effaced by a false, though luxuriant soil, that floats on the stagnant waters concealed beneath.
Page 26 - Every native in the receipt of more than ten or twelve rupees a month has one or more of them. All the drudgery of the household and the labor of the field is performed by them. Many of them have been enthralled by mortgaging their bodies for a few rupees ; and for want of the means of accumulating the original sum, increased by exorbitant usury, continue in bondage for life, themselves and their descendants, from generation to generation. Slaves are believed to be kindly treated by their masters...
Page 132 - ... days. From this mountain range, navigable branches of the great rivers of Nankin, of Cambodia, of Martaban, of Ava, and of Assam derive their origin, and appear designed by nature as the great highways of commerce between the nations of Ultra Gangetic Asia. In that quarter, our formidable neighbours, the Burmese, have been accustomed to make their inroads into...
Page 132 - NO. v 27 on the Brahmaputra, could be speedily marched across the intervening country to the banks of the greatest river of China, which would conduct them through the very centre of the celestial empire to the ocean.
Page 154 - The law of inheritance among the Kachins, as it is often stated, combines the principles of primogeniture and ultimogeniture; for we are told that " the patrimony is divided between the eldest and the youngest son ; while any children that may intervene, are left to push their own fortunes as they best can. The eldest son succeeds to the title and estate, while the youngest, carrying away all the personal and moveable property, goes in quest of a settlement for himself.
Page 132 - A'sam is situated in almost immediate contact with the empire of China and Ava, being separated from each by a narrow belt of mountainous country, possessed by barbarous tribes of independent savages, and capable of being crossed over, in the present state of communication, in ten or twelve days.

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