From New York to Delhi: By Way of Rio de Janeiro, Australia and China

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D. Appleton, 1858 - 488 pages

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Page 275 - 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 433 - 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 413 - 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 175 - 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.
Page 433 - The courtesans are as much a part of the establishment of the temple, as much ministers of the god, as the priests. Crimes against life, crimes against property, are not only permitted but enjoined by this odious theology. But for our interference human victims would still be offered to the Ganges, and the widow would still be laid on the pile...
Page 230 - It is a large hall open at three sides and supported by rows of red sand-stone pillars, formerly adorned with gilding and stucco work. In the wall at the back is a staircase that leads up to the throne, which is raised about ten feet from the ground, and is covered by a canopy supported on four pillars of white marble, the whole being curiously inlaid with mosaic work ; behind the throne is a doorway by which the Emperor entered from his private apartments. The whole of the wall behind the throne...
Page 371 - Such luxury in a camp is scarcely to be conceived. -And besides what has been described, every tent had its exact duplicate, which was sent on in advance to be prepared against the emperor's arrival. His march was a grand procession, and when he entered his pavilion, a salvo from 50 pieces of ordnance announced the event.
Page 232 - It is raised on a terrace for feet high, the floor of which is composed of flags of white marble. Between each of the front row of pillars is a balustrade of marble chastely carved in several designs of perforated work. The top of the building is ornamented with four marble pavilions with gilt cupolas the ceiling of the pavilion was originally completely covered with silver filagree work...
Page 371 - ... palace. Halls of audience for public assemblies and privy councils, with all the courts and cabinets attached to them, each hall magnificently adorned, and having within it, a raised seat or throne for the emperor, surrounded by gilded pillars with canopies of velvet, richly fringed, and superbly embroidered; separate tents, as mosques, and oratories; baths and galleries for archery, and gymnastic exercises ; a seraglio as remarkable for luxury and privacy as...
Page 232 - The throne was six feet long and four broad, composed of solid gold inlaid with precious gems. It was surrounded by a gold canopy supported on twelve pillars of the same material. Around the canopy hung a fringe of pearls; on each side of the throne stood two chattahs, or umbrellas, symbols of royalty, formed of crimson velvet, richly embroidered with gold thread and pearls, and with handles of solid gold eight feet long, studded with diamonds. The back of the throne was a representation of the expanded...

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