Wanderings in China

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W. Blackwood and sons, 1900 - China - 528 pages
 

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Page 241 - The Christian religion, as professed by Protestants or Roman Catholics, inculcates the practice of virtue, and teaches man to do as he would be done by. Persons teaching it or professing it, therefore, shall alike be entitled to the protection of the Chinese authorities, nor shall any such, peaceably pursuing their calling, and not offending against the laws, be persecuted or interfered with.
Page 435 - I have been in the deep ; in journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren ; in weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
Page 496 - After four hours of intolerably weary jolting in our dreadful cart, we arrived at Wan-Shu-Shan, which is the only portion of the grounds of the Summer Palace (the Yuen-Ming-Yuen) to which foreigners are still admitted, as they have there wrought such hopeless ruin that I suppose it is not thought worth while to shut them out ; and truly it is sickening even now to look on such a scene of devastation. The park, which is now once more closed to the barbarians, contains fine palatial buildings, faced...
Page 502 - ... place of gardens, and listen to the quaint music of the pigeons as they fly overhead. This is no dove-like cooing, but a low, melodious whistle like the sighing of an Eolian harp or the murmur of telegraph wires thrilled by the night wind. It is produced by the action of cylindrical pipes like two finger-ends, side by side, about an inch and a half in length. These .are made of very light wood and filled with whistles. Some are globular in form and are constructed from a tiny gourd. These little...
Page 428 - Blessed be thou, O Lord God, for ever and ever. Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth, is thine : thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of thee, and of thine own do we give unto thee.
Page 386 - The upper terrace is covered with earth of five colours — blue to the east, white to the west, black to the north, red to the south, and yellow in the middle.
Page 394 - Ascending a long flight of steps, we reached a gallery running round the temple about the level of his shoulders. I found that this gallery led into two circular buildings, one on each side, constructed for the support of two immense rotating cylinders, about seventy feet in height, full of niches, each niche containing the image of a Buddhist saint.
Page 502 - ... and filled with whistles. Some are globular in form and are constructed from a tiny gourd. These little musical boxes are attached to the tail feathers of the pigeon in such a manner that as he flies the air shall blow through the whistle, producing the most plaintive tones,, especially as there are often many pigeons flying at once — some near, some distant, some just overhead, some high in the heavens ; so the combined effect is really melodious. I believe the Pekingese are the only people...
Page 53 - ... good guardian, with inexhaustible patience, explained to me the use or meaning of sundry objects, which to me were all strange curios. In many of the shops an unusual willingness to sell goods at reasonable prices plainly indicates the approach of the new year, as do also the number of street stalls for the sale of small curios, inasmuch as it is a positive necessity for all accounts to be settled before the close of the old year, and therefore a tradesman will sometimes even sell at a loss in...
Page 426 - ... knowledge which has been so specially revealed to him, and which he alone is competent to develop. It is hoped that Mr. Murray may be able to train many Teachers, gifted with sight, either Europeans or first-class Chinese converts, who may be employed by the various Missions in all parts of the Empire. One such sighted Head-Teacher in each district could there found a Blind School, and train Chinese Scripture-readers and others, and thus the work may be ceaselessly extended till it overspreads...

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