The Cosmopolitan Volume 23, Nos. 1-6

The Cosmopolitan Volume 23, Nos. 1-6

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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: ...had always maintained their slender independence, and had never begged for food or money. They represented the better class of the mass of the population of India. We questioned many of them. The stories they told all had the same tenor. They had lost, literally, everything. All was gone--all, except the rag which bound their loins. In this condition they had left theirhomes, which they had loved as we do ours, and in which they had lived much longer, and had inherited from their forefathers--and had wandered hither, sometimes ten, sometimes twenty miles. When they arrived they were too weak or sick to work. They showed us their hands, worn with toil, but now bloodless and shriveled. They showed us their bellies--a mere wrinkle of empty skin. Twenty per cent, of them were blind; their very eyeballs were gone. The joints of their knees stood out between the thighs and shinbones as in any other skeleton; so did their elbows; their fleshless jaws and skulls were supported on necks like those of plucked chickens. Their bodies--they had none; only the framework was left. Frequently their feet were swollen (another famine disease), and after awhile had begun to crack; the heart no longer carried the circulation into them; they were already dead. These dead feet are a sure sign of the speedy death of their owner--I got to recognize it by and by. These men were what we would call "the bone and sinew of the country." They were the bones, at any rate. They stood before us with their hands lifted to their faces in supplication; they fell down and laid their heads in the dust at our feet; one had to remind one's self that they were fellow human beings. They trembled with deadly weakness; and presently a strange, dim excitement began to...show more

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  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 644g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236856627
  • 9781236856623