Round the World in a Hundred Days; A Visit to China's Missions

Round the World in a Hundred Days; A Visit to China's Missions

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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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...seemed to abide with us all through our descent to the burning plain. VIII LIFE m A CHINESE noussnoar NO one can see much of China without spending a good many days in a Chinese houseboat, and certainly under favourable circumstances it is a most delightful mode of existence. Our experience was a peculiarly favoured one. The weather was perfect, hot but with a delicious breeze. Our boat on each occasion was exceedingly comfortable. On our return journey from Mok-han-san it was of the largest kind, such as a mandarin would use. The prow was about I0 feet deep, and proved a delightful resting-place after sunset, the main apartment was about 20 feet long, and there were three other small cabins, besides the kitchen. The whole boat was at least 60 feet long, the woodwork dark and handsome, with plenty of gilding and Chinese paintings. We took our own bedding and provisions, and a boy to cook and look after us. Our bed was guarded by mosquito nets, and when the heat would let us we slept as comfortably as in any houseboat on the Thames. The boat on the outward journey was only about half this size, and our bedding was stretched on hard lockers instead of a bed of plaited straw, but both trips were thoroughly enjoyable. Our kind friends of the Inland Mission had supplied us with plenty of suitable provisions, and but for the remembrance of our solemn and responsible mission we might have made each journey a long river picnic. " What about missionaries' hardships," some one said to our Mok-han-san hostess, as she was packing the hamper with all sorts of pleasant food for our return trip. " They are not entitled to them," was the ready reply, full of the faith that triumphs over suffering. Yet one could see how different...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236737814
  • 9781236737816