Twice Around the World

Twice Around the World

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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. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...and other parts are almost Hinduesque enough to be interesting, especially at night. But most of my recollections of the Imperial City are commonplace or worse. Take the big hotel there facing the Maidan. It is a beautiful hotel and its owner is a Parsee gentlemanof wealth, education, and culture. Incidentally, he has one of the finest collections 'of rare china in the East. But the assembled brains of the sub-management, from the men at the desk to the room-boy, would not be sufficient to run a livery-stable in an American town with a population of thirty-five persons. Take the branch post-office just back of the hotel. I went around to register three letters with the babus running the institution. Being a sahib, I took precedence of a long line of natives, somewhat to my surprise. The first babu weighed my letters carefully (and very slowly) and marked the postage required for each. Then I went to another babu and bought the postage stamps. He was exquisitely considerate and placed the various stamps on each letter lest I should mix them up in the routine of licking them. When all were properly affixed, I was escorted to a third babu who was to do the actual work of registration. He placed each again on the scales--and not one of them had the correct amount of postage! I finally saw the transaction reach the completed stage, but had meanwhile missed my luncheon. Those who come to Calcutta from Ceylon or Rangoon, instead of from Benares, make their grand entree into Bengal at Diamond Harbour, forty miles down the Hooghly. The Cleveland is so large that if it should try to go up the river, like the little P. & O. boats, it might not get down again. That Hooghly is a stream with a very eccentric disposition. To-day its...show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236810058
  • 9781236810052