Living Age Volume 214

Living Age Volume 214

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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: ... some wonderful way, which Maskelyne & Cooke could not rival, into the small space afforded by the carriages. The drivers are seated, reins and goad in hand. The bearers have taken up their load. The two brothers, who are to go as escort, have mounted their small wiry ponie, and the cavalcade departs, while the Brahmin, sitting beside the gate, tells his beads and mutters charms, and the two widows and the wives of the poor relations make a background of humble mourners. Pertab Singh and the Risaldar turn and walk slowly back into the house, where they sit down to smoke and to ponder on the mystery of life. In a day or two the Risaldar also takes leave of his father and mother and rides away, his body-servant, and a groom who will lead back the horse, following on foot. Some twenty miles distant he will flnd the railway station where he can get the train which is to take him to his far-off cantonment. Before going he bids the old people to be of good cheer. He will send them money to pay the mortgage interest. No fear of that. His father is to lay in sufilcient grain to keep the reduced household until the famine has passed. His youngest brother, who remains at home, will see to it. He is a good son is the Risaldar Sahib, and has a heart as true as his trusty sword. No wonder if the old people are sad when he has gone. And now the strain is beginning to be felt severely in Gardanpur. The laborers and weavers are already thinking of moving from the village. They have little left, corn there is hardly a handful among them, their wives' ornaments have gone to the pawn-brokers. A few rupees, hoarded carefully for years in view of such a time as this, for the tradition and the teachings of past famines are strong in the land, most of...
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  • Paperback | 578 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 30mm | 1,021g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236776194
  • 9781236776198