Bentley's Miscellany Volume 14

Bentley's Miscellany Volume 14

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1843 edition. Excerpt: ...for the consequence and dignity of their employers. Such were the feelings which gave rise to the quarrel I have just narrated. My decision, however, calmed them, and I then addressed them on another subject. After begging of them each to count the spoons, &c., he brought, I informed them that I had a eho/cedar, or policeman, in attendance, to search for the robber, if any plate should be lost. Not that I doubted any of their honesty, but, as I knew their habits, I was aware that they considered it perfectly justifiable, in case of any of their masters' forks, or other goods, being mislaid, instantly to seize and purloin that of any other person present, to make up their proper number. This had given rise to several severe disputes. So I warned them beforehand, that any one guilty of such a fault should not escape with impunity, from the first lcidmutgar (butler), to the lowest mussolgz (light bearer.) The shades were put round the candles, the cover to each glass placed on it, and the meal was served. The dinner being one of ceremony, given by me to our colonel, was of the first order; consisting of three or four kinds of fish, innumerable styles of curry, roast kid, a florikin, and snipes in every way, crowned by the most recherche' of all dishes, at boiled turkey. It is true we each (that is to say, every officer in cantonment) " Meaning the East India Company, who are supposed by the natives to he an old lady. Bibby means mistress. kept these birds, and endeavoured to fatten them; but, somehow or other, we all failed, and our poultry remained thin and miserable. The colonel instantly eyed the splendid bird with keen envy; for, during several months he had vainly, and at a great expense, endeavoured to produce such...show more

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  • Paperback | 340 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 608g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236910621
  • 9781236910622