Life in Bombay, and the Neighboring Out-Stations

Life in Bombay, and the Neighboring Out-Stations

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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. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...without any additional demands upon their purses. Consequently, in those regiments most conspicuous for liberality and hospitality, it is quite a rare occurrence to meet with an unembarrassed man; and in too many instances a foundation of debt is laid in early life, which, accumulating rapidly from year to year, by the fearful interest charged upon borrowed money, reaches at length to a height of inextricable involvement, which dooms the victim to a perpetual residence in India. The lavish expenditure bestowed upon the table equipage and mess kit in general, has lately been the subject of much and deserved animadversion. However, too many voices cannot be raised in deprecation of this fast spreading evil, equally unnecessary for the present, as it is ruinous for the future. In most of the Company's regiments, the senior officers are married men, and consequently only frequenters of the mess-table upon rare and stated occasions; others again are permanently absent upon staff appointments; and thus it often occurs, that the only " habitues" for whom this magnificent display is prepared and so large an expenditure is incurred, consists of a few junior lieutenants and young ensigns, whose enjoyment of a good dinner might possibly survive the shock of even seeing it served in less costly array. In corroboration of these remarks, we will mention a circumstance which came under our own observation not very long ago. We were invited by a juvenile ensign to inspect the unpacking of a very splendid dessert service just received from England, by the mess of "the--th regiment; the glass centre-piece of which, alone cost seventy guineas; and upon enquiring what number of officers daily attended the mess to enjoy the sight...show more

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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236839005
  • 9781236839008