The Story of Chinese Gordon, Volume 1

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Remington, 1884 - China - 407 pages
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Page 328 - In that day shall there be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the Lord. And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the Lord because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a saviour, and a great one, and he shall deliver them.
Page 404 - We have nothing further to do when the scroll of events is unrolled than to accept them as being for the best. Before it is unrolled it is another matter ; and you could not say I sat still and let things happen with this belief.
Page 367 - I do not profess either to have been a great ruler or a great financier ; but I can say this — I have cut off the slave-dealers in their strongholds, and I made the people love me.
Page 365 - Do so at once if it is your royal pleasure. I am ready." This disconcerted the King still more, and he exclaimed, " What ! ready to be killed !" " Certainly," replied the Pasha ; " I am always ready to die, and so far from fearing your putting me to death, you would confer a favour on me by so doing, for you would be doing for me that which I am precluded by my religious scruples from doing for myself — you would relieve me from all the troubles and misfortunes which the future may have in store...
Page 295 - There they stood, ranged along the hill-sides — met To view the last of me, a living frame For one more picture ! in a sheet of flame I saw them and I knew them all. And yet Dauntless the slug-horn to my lips I set And blew " Childe Roland to the Dark Tower came...
Page 404 - I trust God will pull me through every difficulty. The solitary grandeur of the desert makes one feel how vain is the effort of man. This carries me through my troubles, and enables me to look on death as a coming relief, when it is His will.
Page 291 - With the help of God I will hold the balance level," which pleased the people much. I have decided on pumping the river water up into the town. This will cost little, and will be a great boon, for...
Page 294 - It was a stupendous task : to give peace to a country quick with war ; to suppress slavery among a people to whom the trade in human flesh was life and honour and fortune ; to make an army out of perhaps the worst material ever seen ; to grow a flourishing trade and a fair revenue in the wildest anarchy in the world. The immensity of the undertaking ; the infinity of details involved in a single step towards the end ; the countless odds to be faced ; the many pests — the deadly climate, the horrible...
Page 319 - Sebehr to come with his family to my divan. They all came, and sitting there in a circle, I gave them in choice Arabic my ideas : That they meditated revolt ; that I knew it, and that they should now have my ultimatum, viz.: that I would disarm them and break them up. They listened in silence, and then went off to consider what I had said. They have just now sent in a letter stating their submission, and I thank God for it.
Page 156 - Major Gordon receives the approbation of his Majesty the Emperor with every gratification, but regrets most sincerely that, owing to the circumstances which occurred since the capture of Soochow, he is unable to receive any mark of his Majesty the Emperor's recognition, and therefore respectfully begs his Majesty to receive his thanks for his intended kindness, and to allow him to decline the same.

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