The Ocean Telegraph to India: A Narrative and a Diary

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W. Blackwood, 1870 - Cables, Submarine - 328 pages
 

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Page 234 - ... action does not seem probable, there is no impediment to one's seeing Sinai as it was when Moses there halted his people. And I did so see Sinai, during the memorable Sunday we spent there. Turning my back on the convent, and forgetting the wretched superstitions of the monks, I looked abroad that day with the eyes of a disciple of Moses, who had followed his footsteps from Memphis hither ; and I saw more than by many years' reading of the Pentateuch at home.
Page vii - It is not by the intermeddling of Mr. Southey's idol, the omniscient and omnipotent State, but by the prudence and energy of the people, that England has hitherto been carried forward in civilisation ; and it is to the same prudence and the same energy that we now look with comfort and good hope.
Page 234 - I looked abroad that day with the eyes of a disciple of Moses, who had followed his footsteps from Memphis hither; and I saw more than by many years' reading of the Pentateuch at home. How differently the Pentateuch here reads, from the same worn old Bible which one has handled for five-and-twenty years, I could not have imagined. The light from Egypt and Arabia shining into it illuminates unthought-of places, and gives a new and most fresh coloring to the whole. I little thought ever to have seen...
Page 298 - The British Indian Extension, the China Submarine, and the British Australian Telegraph Cables now in course of manufacture will next be laid in succession. From Madras a cable will be carried to Singapore, touching at Penang. From Singapore one line will proceed north to Hong Kong, Amory, and Shanghai, and another south to Batavia and through Java to Port Darwin at the north of Australia. Thence a coast line will be taken round the north side of the Australian continent to Burketown, whence lines...
Page 234 - Arabia shining into it illuminates unthought-of places, and gives a new and most fresh colouring to the whole. I little thought ever to have seen so much of Moses as I did this day, within sight of Arab tents, like those in which he and Zipporah and their children lived when first here with Jethro's flocks ; within sight of the same peaks which were landmarks to the wandering tribes ; and of the same wadees where they rested, and surrounded by the very same mountain springs whence they brought water...
Page 136 - Very interesting, too, is a dialogue Mr. Parkinson gives between himself and his Parsee servant on a Sunday when they were resting from their labours. " These are my prayers, sir," said the Parsee ; "it is my religion to tell prayers." " No sir, we don't want to make all the world same as Parsees; and we don't want Christians to change. Good men never change the religion they have been brought up in, bad men change for money or to get praise. Is there not good in every religion ? Is not your ' charity...
Page 138 - To men with whom the external ordinances of religion, the prostration in public, the ablutions and the turning to the sun, are all in all, Christian privacy is altogether unaccountable ; and the shrewd and damaging implication of the Muhammedan donkey-boy at Cairo, is echoed in spirit by many varieties of Indian orthodoxy. " Take my donkey, master, him very good donkey, sir. Try him, master, him Christian donkey, he never go down on his knees." " Sorabjee is very contemptuous when I ask him if he...

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