Recollections of a Journey Through Tartary, Thibet and China; During the Years 1844, 1845 and 1846 Volume 1-2

Recollections of a Journey Through Tartary, Thibet and China; During the Years 1844, 1845 and 1846 Volume 1-2

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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. 1863 edition. Excerpt: ... displayed in establishments of this kind which the owner is endeavouring to bring into fashion; but the countenance of the host, it must be owned, did not afford him much assistance in his attempts to be agreeable. His eyes squiuted horribly, and always seemed to be turned in the opposite direction to that in which they were really looking. But if the organ of sight performed its functions with difiiculty, the tongue, by way of compensation, possessed the most marvellous elasticity. This innkeeper had been a soldier, and, in the way of his profession, seen and heard 'a great deal. He was well acquainted with the country, and connected with all sorts of people; and his loqua/city was by no means on all occasions unwelcome, for he gave us a great deal of information concerning the places we should have to pass through on our way to the Kou-kou-Noor. This part of Tartary was well known to him, for, in the military period of his life, he had been in the war against the Si-Fan. The day after our arrival, he brought us a large sheet of paper on which the names of the towns, villages, and hamlets were written in order; and he then gave us a topographical lecture, with such impetuosity, so many gestures, and in such a tremendously loud voice, that our heads were fairly turned. The time which was not taken up by these long eonversations--half volun HOTEL OF JUSTICE AND MERCY. 11 tary, half obligate-_--with the innkeeper, we devoted to visiting the town. Che-Tsiu-Dze is built on an angle formed by the Yellow River and the Alechan mountains. On the eastern side the Hoang-Ho is bordered by blackish hills, in which coal is found in abundance, and which is the principal source of wealth to the inhabitants. The suburbs of the town consist...show more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236794044
  • 9781236794048