From Calcutta to the Snowy Range: Being the Narrative of a Trip Through the Upper Provinces of India to the Himalayas ...

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Tinsley Bros., 1866 - 355 pages
 

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Page 78 - ... water. The dead were first thrown in. Yes; there was a great crowd looking on ; they were standing along the walls of the compound. They were principally city people and villagers. Yes ; there were also Sepoys. Three boys were alive ; they were fair children. The eldest, I think, must have been six or seven, and the youngest five years. They were running round the well (where else could they go to ?), and there was none to save them. . No ; none said a word, or tried to save them.
Page 33 - For the sanctity of its inhabitants — of its temples and reservoirs — of its wells and streams — of the very soil that is trodden — of the very air that is breathed — and of everything in it and around it, Benares has been famed for thousands of years.
Page 78 - The bodies", says one who was present throughout, "were dragged out, most of them by the hair of the head. Those who had clothes worth taking were stripped. Some of the women were alive. I cannot say how many : but three could speak. They prayed for the sake of God that an end might be put to their sufferings. I remarked one very stout woman, an halfcaste, who was severely wounded in both arms, who entreated to be killed.
Page 58 - ... their bodies being naked, with the exception of a cloth about the loins. These men complain of a sensation of drowsiness towards the end of their daily labours, and declare that they are overpowered early in the evening by sleep, but they do not complain of the effect as being either unpleasant or injurious.
Page 71 - ... crews straining every nerve upon their summits, and cheering themselves with a wild, and not unfrequently a sweet song; panchways, shooting swiftly down the stream with one person only on board, who sits at the head, steering with his right hand, rowing with his foot, and in the left hand holding his pipe. A ferry-boat, constantly plying across the stream, adds to the variety of the scene by its motley collection of passengers — travellers, merchants, and faquirs, camels, bullocks, and horses...
Page 118 - All's tomb now stands was formerly occupied by a house in which Ghazee-ood-deen Hyder lived during his father's reign, and it is reported that, when he came to the throne and occupied Sadut Ali's palace, fully appreciating the change in their respective situations, he remarked that, as he had now taken his father's house, it was but fair that he should give up his own to his father. Accordingly, he gave orders to destroy his former abode, and raise on the site a tomb to Sadut Ali Khan. Almost facing...
Page 78 - The bodies were dragged out, most of them by the hair of the head, those \\hoso clothes were worth taking, were stripped. Some of the women were alive, I cannot say how many, but three could speak ; they prayed for the sake of God that an end might be put to their sufferings. I remarked one very stout woman, a half-caste, who was severely wounded in both arms, who entreated to be killed. She and two or three others were placed against the bank of the cut by which bullocks go down in drawing water...
Page 78 - I remarked one very stout woman, a half-caste, who was severely wounded in both arms, who entreated to be killed. She and two or three others were placed against the bank of the cut by which bullocks go down in drawing water. The dead were first thrown in. Yes: there was a great crowd looking on; they were standing along the walls of the compound. They were principally city people and villagers. Yes: there were also sepoys. Three boys vere alive.
Page 34 - ... extortion, or the fanatical devotee, more simple than a babe, yet sometimes guilty of the foulest crimes, still comes, as of old, from the remotest corners of India, as the sands of time are slowly ebbing away, and, fearful lest the last golden grains should escape before his long journey is ended, makes desperate efforts to hold on his course, till, at length, arriving at the sacred city and touching its hallowed soil, his anxious spirit becomes suddenly calm...
Page 50 - ... uninitiated a slight difficulty in the way of such an assertion, yet the Hindus, brushing aside such a trivial circumstance, readily swallow the explanation given by the Brahmins, that the joins are only superficial and do not penetrate through the stones. Upon the stairs, in a niche on the north side, is a figure of Vishnu; and at the mouth of the well on the west side is a row of sixteen diminutive altars on which pilgrims present offerings to their ancestors. The water of the well is very...

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