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THE

MYSTIC FLOWERY LAND.

A PERSONAL NARRATIVE

BY

CHARLES J. H. HALCOMBE.

LATE OF IMPERIAL MARITIME Customs, CHINA.
AUTHOR OF - CALLED OUT," - TALES OF Far CATHAY,”

ETC., ETC.

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ROELOFFZEN & HUBNER,

PRINTERS

AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND.

To

MY NUMEROUS EUROPEAN AND CHINESE FRIENDS

IN

THE IMPERIAL MARITIME CUSTOMS SERVICE

AND A BOARD

TIIE COASTING STEAMERS IN CHINA

THIS WORK IS

MOST AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED

IN REMEMBRANCE

OF MANY BYGONE HAPPY DAYS SPENT IN THEIR COMPANY.

"Friendship, mysterious cement of the soul,
Sweetener of life, and solder of society,
I owe thee much: thou hast deserved of me
Far, far beyond what I can ever pay."

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