Carpenters's Geographical Reader

Carpenters's Geographical Reader

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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. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ... are great gamblers. Cockfighting and quailfighting are common, and in some of the cities we '--tied to her back." see men kneeling down on the streets about little bowls in which fighting crickets are placed. The little insects are urged on to fight by being tickled with straws, and they fight until they are dead. A good fighting cricket is valuable, high bets being made upon the results of such contests. One of the most striking features of China noticed during our tour is the terrible poverty of the lower classes of the people. The beggars exist everywhere in large numbers. Children are sometimes stolen and made blind in order that they may beg more successfully. The beggars of each city have unions or clubs, to which they all belong. They divide the city into sections, each member having his own street or block. These beggars will undergo any pain in order to excite pity. I saw at Shanghai a half-naked man, whose clothes consisted of a strip of coffee sacking wrapped about his hips. He sat on the stones with the two raw stumps of his legs stretched out before him; and his feet, which he had cut off to excite pity, were lying by his side. There is a Peking priest who goes about begging with an iron skewer thrust through his cheek. He twists this now and then so as to keep the hole ragged and sore, and he pounds upon a gong as he pushes his bloody face into yours and asks for alms. thrust through his cheek." The Chinese can live more cheaply, perhaps, than any other people of the world, and we are surprised at the saving which we see everywhere. Nothing goes to waste. The straw and the weeds, and even the leaves of the trees, are gathered for fuel. Clothing, rather than fire, is used to keep out the cold; and fuel costs so...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236900820
  • 9781236900821