China: Its History, Arts and Literature, Volume 2

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J. B. Millet, 1902 - China
 

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Page 136 - It seems at that time to have been the port allotted to the Arabian merchants who came by sea ; and the travellers notice " many unjust dealings with the merchants who traded thither, which having gathered the force of a precedent, there was no grievance, no treatment so bad, but they exercised it upon the foreigners, and the masters of ships.
Page 27 - is the coldest place on the globe in its latitude, and the only place within the tropics where snow falls near the seashore. One result of this projection of the temperate zone into the tropical is seen in the greater vigor and size of the people of the three southern provinces over any races on the same parallel elsewhere, and the productions arenot so strictly tropical.
Page 105 - He cuts a very different figure in a remote country district from that accepted by him in a metropolis like Canton, where he is apt to be overshadowed by innumerable civil and military superiors; just as in London the Lord Mayor is outshone by the Court and the Cabinet Ministers. In his own remote city he is autocratic and everybody. He has no technical training whatever, except in the Chinese equivalent for ' Latin verse '; he has a permanent staff of trained specialists who run each department...
Page 171 - These characteristics of avarice, lawlessness, and power have been the leading traits in the Chinese estimate of foreigners from their first acquaintance with them, and the latter have done little to effectually disabuse Orientals upon these points.
Page 248 - Lately we have repeatedly received edicts from the governor and hoppo severely reprimanding us ; and we have also written to you, gentlemen of the different nations, several times, giving you full information of the orders and regulations, that you might perfectly obey them and manage accordingly ; but you, gentlemen, continue wholly regardless.
Page 188 - ... which the Portuguese of Macao excluded English ships from that port; and the perfidy with which they misrepresented their supposed rivals to the Chinese, with a view to prevent their getting a footing at Canton. In the course of time they have been unable to exclude us altogether even from Macao ; but their systematic policy has been to attribute motives to the English which should injure them with the provincial government ; and this was strikingly exemplified during the expedition under Admiral...
Page 184 - Herewith the whole fleet being instantly incensed, did, on the sudden, display their bloody ensigns ; and, weighing their anchors, fell up with the flood, and berthed themselves before the castle, from whence came many shot, yet not any that touched so much as hull or rope ; whereupon not being able to endure their bravadoes any longer, each ship began to play furiously upon them with their broadsides ; and, after two or three hours, perceiving their cowardly fainting, the boats were landed with...
Page 171 - Europeans is represented as that of a race of men intent alone on the gains of commercial traffic, and regardless altogether of the means of attainment. Struck by the perpetual hostilities which existed among these foreign adventurers, assimilated in other respects by a close resemblance in their costumes and manners, the Government of the country became disposed to treat them with a degree of jealousy and exclusion which it had not deemed necessary to be exercised towards the more peaceable and...
Page 253 - In a public notice he remarked that " this course of traffic was rapidly staining the "British character with deep disgrace...
Page 192 - The vicar-general, however, named Francisco Vaz, argued in the following singular manner : — " Moralists decide that when a tyrant demands even an innocent person, with menaces of ruin to the community if refused, the whole number may call on any individual to deliver himself up for the public good, which is of more worth than the life of an individual. Should he refuse to obey, he is not innocent, he is criminal.

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