Six months with the Chinese expedition; or, Leaves from a soldier's note-book

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Page 37 - 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 opiumsmoker madly seeks—an emblem of the long sleep to which he is blindly hurrying.
Page 113 - great trade. This great work is seen scaling the precipices and topping the craggy hills of the country, which have along this coast a most desolate appearance. Some of the party who went in-shore in the steamer to within two miles' distance, made the discovery that the opinion hitherto received from Lord Macartney's works, that the wall
Page 111 - hours, during which period the loud voices of the plenipotentiaries in high argument had often struck upon our ears, the British plenipotentiary came forth, and the rest of the party having performed their salaams to the Chinese commissioner, we departed for the Wellesley; greatly, I believe, to the relief and satisfaction of the mandarins.
Page 36 - languid with an idiot smile upon their countenance, too much under the influence of the drug to care for passing events, and fast merging to the wished-for
Page 118 - when performing his military duties, had apparently made himself a great friend with the country people, for whose amusement he used to sketch likenesses much to their astonishment. The night but one previous to his capture the artillery camp was aroused by screams proceeding from his tent, and when some of
Page 107 - Tarkou was some distance from the landing-place. Judging from appearance he might have been a man of forty, and looked, what he is said to be by his countrymen, a person of great ability: his tail, the Chinese appendage to men of all ranks except priests, was remarkable
Page 51 - particularly conspicuous. The war-junks were drawn up and crowded with men. The British men-of-war were lying in line with their larboard broadsides towards the town, at a distance of two hundred yards from the wharf and foot of the hill. They consisted of the Wellesley, 74; Con way and Alligator, 28; Cruiser and
Page 61 - required the greatest nicety and care to have executed. The furniture was in the same keeping, denoting a degree of taste the Chinese have not in general credit for with us. The bed-places in the sleeping apartments of the ladies were large dormitories, for they can hardly be called beds: at
Page xvi - the police have strict orders never to interfere, as they conceive that difficulties are more likely to arise from meddling, than benefits to accrue from suppressing them by force. There was an extraordinary instance of this at Canton, only a few years
Page 48 - they had sent to apprise him of our arrival. During the visit they handed round tea, but not such as ladies in England would approve of, for the Chinese always drink it so weak that the water is barely tinged, and the leaves of the plant form a necessary part of the nauseous mixture.

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