Ceylon in 1903: Describing the Progress of the Island Since 1803, Its Present Agricultural and Commercial Enterprises, and Its Unequalled Attractions to Visitors, with Useful Statistical Information

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A.M. & J. Ferguson, 1903 - Agriculture - 193 pages
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by John Ferguson - Sri Lanka - 1903 - 193 pages
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Page 136 - Trust me, Clara Vere de Vere, From yon blue heavens above us bent The grand old gardener and his wife Smile at the claims of long descent.
Page clxiv - Her chest should be capacious; her breasts, firm and conical, like the yellow cocoa-nut, and her waist small — almost small enough to be clasped by the hand. Her hips should be wide; her limbs tapering; the soles of her feet, without any hollow, and the surface of her body in general soft, delicate, smooth, and rounded, 'without the asperities of projecting bones and sinews.
Page cxxv - Ceylon, from whatever direction it is approached, unfolds a scene of loveliness and grandeur unsurpassed, if it be rivalled, by any land in the universe.
Page 136 - Honour and shame from no condition rise ; Act well your part, there all the honour lies.
Page clxiv - Her hair should be voluminous, like the tail of the peacock,; long, reaching to the knees, and terminating in graceful curls; her eyebrows should resemble the rainbow; her eyes, the blue sapphire and the petals of the blue manillaflower. Her nose should be like the bill of the hawk; her lips should be bright and red, like coral on the young leaf of the iron-tree.
Page 78 - Those were the royal days of coffee-planting in Ceylon, before a single season and a rotting fungus drove a whole community through years of despair to one of the greatest commercial victories which pluck and ingenuity ever won. Not often is it that men have the heart when their one great industry is withered to rear up in a few years another as rich to take its place, and the tea-fields of Ceylon are as true a monument to courage as is the lion at Waterloo.
Page clxxiv - Shut Up'— A Corporal and Centipede. FROM June to November, the south-west monsoon brings wind and mist across the Newera Ellia mountains. Coluds of white fog boil up from the Dimboola valley, like the steam from a huge cauldron, and invade the Newera Ellia plain through the gaps in the mountains to the westward. The wind howls over the high ridges, cutting the jungle with its keen edge, so that it remains as stunted brushwood...
Page clxxiv - This bold rock, whose summit is about 6,500 feet above the sea, breasts the driving wind, and seems to command the storm. The rushing clouds halt in their mad course upon its crest and curl in sudden impotence around the craggy summits. The deep ravine formed by an opposite mountain is filled with the vanquished mist, which sinks powerless in its dark gorge ; and the bright sun, shining from the east, spreads a perpetual rainbow upon the gauze-like cloud of fog which settles in the deep hollow.
Page 114 - Perhaps there is not a scene in the world which combines sublimity and beauty in a more extraordinary degree than that which is presented at the Pass of Ella, where, through an opening in the chain of mountains, the road from Badulla descends rapidly to the lowlands, over which it is carried for upwards of seventy miles, to Hambantotte, on the south coast of the island.
Page lxxxiii - This flourishes in every province and hamlet where it was implanted by the Franciscans, whilst the doctrines of the reformed Church of Holland, never preached beyond the walls of the fortresses, are now extinct throughout the island, with the exception of an expiring community at Colombo.

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