Letters from Malabar, tr.: to which is added An account of Travancore, and fra Bartolomeo's travels in that country. By H. Drury

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Page 153 - Its cultivation is very simple, and is effected by cuttings or suckers put down before the commencement of the rains in June. The soil should be rich ; but if too much moisture be allowed to accumulate near the roots, the young plants are apt to rot. In three years the vine begins to bear. They are planted chiefly in hilly districts, but thrive well enough in the low country in the moist climate of Malabar. They are usually planted at the base of trees which have rough or prickly bark, such as the...
Page 115 - I will not vouch for the truth of the story — that heafing one day the word ' spit,' which occurred in the lesson for the day, they all ran out of the church in the greatest hurry, evidently associating the word with the task they had to perform.
Page 122 - By this anointing they become so light and nimble that they will wind and turn their bodies as if they had no bones, casting them forward, backward, high and low, even to the astonishment of the beholders. Their continual delight is in their weapon, persuading themselves that no nation goeth beyond them in skill and dexterity.
Page 101 - When the Portuguese first opened the navigation of India, the Christians of St. Thomas had been seated for ages on the coast of Malabar, and the difference of their character and color attested the mixture of a foreign race.
Page 49 - The origin of these burlesque denominations was a dispute between two parties at a feast, as to whether the cod-fish took the hook, or the hook the cod-fish? This apparently frivolous dispute was made the pretext for a serious quarrel ; and the partisans of the nobles, and those of the towns, ranged themselves at either side, and assumed different badges of distinction.
Page 33 - ... Mahometans have indeed, since that time, proposed to restore this place to the company, but the offer has been refused, the more so as the trade has been transferred to Surat. While I am occupied with this part of the country, I must add some description of Goa,1 as it lies between Canara and Vingorla. i. There is a legend that the old city of Goa was overwhelmed by a sudden rush of the sea, and that its houses may still be seen in calm weather below the waters.
Page 26 - some of his men under the disguise of labourers to be employed by them, ' and to take an opportunity of surprising the Dutch. The two lieutenants ' who had the overseering of the work were one evening diverting themselves ' with a game at tables in a guard room about half a mile from the fort. ' They had let some of their soldiers go straggling about, and the disguised ' natives took the opportunity to kill the sentinels, signal to the ambuscade, ' and take the half built fort.
Page 154 - Its berries are lodged in a pulpy matter like those of P. nigrum. They are first green, becoming red when ripe. Being hotter when unripe, they are then gathered and dried in the sun, when they change to a dark -grey colour. The spikes are imported entire. The taste of the berries is pungent, though...
Page 145 - In commencing the building of a house, the first prop must be put up on the east side ; the carpenters open three or four cocoanuts, spilling the juice as little as possible, and put some tips of betel leaves into them ; and, from the way these float in the liquid, they...
Page 156 - The trees are felled and the ground cleared of weeds, and in about three months the Cardamom plant springs up. In four years the shrub will have attained its full height, when the fruit is produced and gathered in the month of November, requiring no other preparation than drying in the sun. The plant continues to yield fruit till the seventh year, when the stem is cut down, new plants arising from the stumps. They may also be raised from seeds. Cardamoms are much esteemed as a condiment, and great...

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