The Opium Trade: Including a Sketch of Its History, Extent, Effects, Etc., as Carried on in India and China

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J.P. Walker, 1853 - Opium trade - 80 pages

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Page 55 - It is true I cannot prevent the introduction of the flowing poison : gain-seeking and corrupt men will, for profit and sensuality, defeat my wishes ; but nothing will induce me...
Page 34 - In the houses devoted to their ruin, these infatuated people may be seen at nine o'clock in the evening in all the different stages. Some entering half distracted to feed the craving appetite they had been obliged to subdue during the day ; others laughing and talking wildly under the effects of a first pipe ; whilst the couches around are filled with their different occupants.
Page 34 - ... is devoted to gambling. The pipe is a reed of about an inch in diameter, and the aperture in the bowl, for the admission of the opium, is not larger than a pin's head. The drug is prepared with some kind of...
Page 47 - In the present state of the revenue of India it does not appear advisable to abandon so important a source of revenue, — a duty upon opium being a tax which falls principally upon the foreign consumer, and which appears upon the whole less liable to objection than any other that could he substituted.
Page 7 - He then makes the ryot enter into an engagement with him to deliver the quantity thus estimated, and as much more as the field will yield, at the price previously fixed ; if he fails to deliver the estimated quantity, and the collector has reason to suppose he has embezzled the deficiency, he is empowered by law to prosecute the ryot in the civil court for damages. The product in India, for the last year, it is said, amounts to about 35,000 chests.
Page 69 - Why do Christians bring us opium, and bring it directly in defiance of our own laws? That vile drug has poisoned my son — has ruined my brother — and well nigh led me to beggar my wife and children. Surely, those who import such a deleterious substance, and injure me, for the sake of gain, cannot wish me well or be in possession of a religion that is better than my own. Go first and persuade your own countrymen to relinquish this nefarious traffic, and give me a prescription to correct this vile...
Page 43 - ... presented a memorial, requesting that the sale of the drug should be prohibited, and that offenders should be made amenable to punishment.
Page 35 - ... too much under the influence of the drug to care for passing events, and fast merging to the wished-for consummation. The last scene in this tragic play is generally a room in the rear of the building, a species of dead-house, where lie stretched those who have passed into the state of bliss the opium-smoker madly seeks— an emblem of the long sleep to which he is blindly hurrying.—Davis, vol.
Page 36 - that those who smoke opium, and eventually become its victims, have a periodical longing for it, which can only be assuaged by the application of the drug at the regular time. If they cannot obtain it when that daily period arrives, their limbs become debilitated, a discharge of rheum takes place from the eyes and nose, and they are altogether unequal to any exertion ; but, with a few whiffs, their spirits and strength are immediately restored in a surprising manner.
Page 36 - The engrossing taste of all ranks and degrees in China for opium, a drug whose importation has of late years exceeded the aggregate value of every other English import combined, deserves some particular notice, especially in connection with the revenues of British India, of which it forms an important item.

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