From New York to Delhi

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D. Appleton, 1858 - 488 pages

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Page 439 - Pantheon you will look in vain for anything resembling those beautiful and majestic forms which stood in the shrines of ancient Greece. All is hideous, and grotesque, and ignoble. As this superstition is of all superstitions the most irrational, and of all superstitions the most inelegant, so is it of all superstitions the most immoral.
Page 328 - Windsor,) but for varied and picturesque effect, for richness of carving, for wild beauty of situation, for the number and romantic singularity of...
Page 419 - The mosques were destroyed and the mullds killed ; but the rage of the Sikhs was not restrained by any considerations of religion, or by any mercy for age or sex. Whole towns were massacred with wanton barbarity, and even the bodies of the dead were dug up and thrown out to the birds and beasts of prey.
Page 375 - His march was a grand procession, and when he entered his pavilion a salvo from fifty pieces of ordnance announced the event. In all places and circumstances he assumed and maintained every form and ceremony observed at the established residences of the imperial court.
Page 279 - Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria: thy nobles shall dwell in the dust : thy people is scattered upon the mountains, and no man gathereth them. There is no healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous: all that hear the bruit of thee shall clap the hands over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually?
Page 244 - Toward the court it ia open, the wall being supported by the arches, of nearly Gothic form. Within, it is paved with oblong slabs of marble, inlaid with borders of black stone, which define the space allowed to each worshipper. The western wall is also wainscotted with marble slabs. In its middle is the Kibla, a marble niche showing the direction of Mecca. Close to the Kibla is the pulpit, a solid marble platform, approached by a few steps from the ground. There are three domes, of great size and...
Page 444 - It is my deliberate opinion that the Chinese are morally the most debased people on the face of the earth. Forms of vice which in other countries are barely named, are in China so common that they excite no comment among the natives.
Page 27 - The whole view so much exceeded, and differed from my expectations, that I could not help feeling that there was in it a certain sublimity — though I suppose few will understand the application of the term to such a scene. Tents are almost the only sort of habitation in the place, as there is no soft timber of which, as of our pine, the settler can in a few days build himself a temporary abode. It is impossible, I believe, for one who has not seen a similar place, to realize the appearance of Ballaarat....
Page 444 - They constitute the surface-level, and below them there are deeps on deeps of depravity so shocking and horrible, that their character cannot even be hinted. There are some dark shadows in human nature, which we naturally shrink from penetrating, and I made no attempt to collect information of this kind ; but there was enough in the things which I could not avoid seeing and hearing — which are brought almost daily to the notice of every foreign resident — to inspire me with a powerful aversion...
Page 181 - Brahmin eats but his own food ; wears but his own apparel ; and bestows but his own in alms : through the benevolence of the Brahmin, indeed, other mortals enjoy life.

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