Down the Amur. Peking. the Forbidden City

Down the Amur. Peking. the Forbidden City

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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. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ... " Why?---is it danger-ous?" we ask. "No; there is not the slightest danger. The Chinese are completely cowed; but there is absolutely no place for you to go; the city is dead, and the streets are empty, unlighted, and impassable." "Splendid!" we exclaim; "no danger and no lights; no people. Peking by night all to ourselves! Magnificent!" Accordingly we order three nkishas, three men to every rikisha, and set out to cross the silent savage city and present our letters of introduction to one of the missionaries of the American Board whose address is so remote and so indefinite as to give to our projected outing the character of an exploring expedition into the depths of darkest Peking. It is impossible to suggest by means of pictures made by day the impressions of that ride across Peking by night in utter darkness. Despite the superficial dustiness, we find that recent rains have rendered the streets almost impassable. At first our human horses found a little terra firma by hugging the walls, where at least one wheel would find a track, while the other wheel was lifted by the perspiring helpers over abysses that looked bottomless. I state it as a sworn fact that several times when it became necessary to cross the street, we dared not attempt to do so until a man had been sent out with a sozum'z-ngjole to discover if there were a practicable ford across the thoroughfare at that point! To prove that this is not a too fantastic statement, one of the pictures shows the difference in level between the middle and the side of one of those streets. Imagine the upper road reduced to a ridge of almost fluent mud, as it would be in wet weather, --and the lower channel flooded as it is invariably after a...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236831896
  • 9781236831897