Cathay and the Way Thither: Being a Collection of Medieval Notices of China, 第 37 号

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Sir Henry Yule
Hakluyt Society, 1866
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475 ページ - ... ground before the Amir, and said something to him in Chinese. The Amir gave some order in reply, and our friend then took the lad's limbs, laid them together in their places, and gave a kick, when, presto! there was the boy, who got up and stood before us! All this astonished me beyond measure, and I had an attack of palpitation like that which overcame me once before in the presence of the Sultan of India, when he showed me something of the same kind. They gave me a cordial, however, which cured...
292 ページ - China is perfectly safe, whether by day or night, according to what the merchants say who have used it. Only if the merchant, in going or coming, should die upon the road, everything belonging to him will become the possession of the lord in the country in which he dies.
473 ページ - China is the safest as well as the pleasantest of all the regions on the earth for a traveller. You may travel the whole nine months...
473 ページ - Chinese so long ago, though without the aid of photography, had anticipated a modern expedient of the detective police : — " As regards painting, no nation, whether of Christians or others, can come up to the Chinese ; their talent for this art is something quite extraordinary. I may mention, among astonishing illustrations of this talent of theirs which I have witnessed myself, viz., that whenever I have happened to visit one of their cities, and to return to it after...
294 ページ - And this money is called balishi, and with this money you can readily buy silk and all other merchandise that you have a desire to buy. And all the people of the country are bound to receive it. And yet you shall not pay a higher price for your goods because your money is of paper.
474 ページ - The conjuror then called to him three times, but getting no answer he snatched up a knife as if in a great rage, laid hold of the thong, and disappeared...
378 ページ - ... or carried, contained within salt, sugar, musk, and lamp-oil, or whatever it be, viz., within the river-mouth of Codungalur and the tower, or between the four Talis (temples of the deputy...
473 ページ - The harbour of Zaitun is one of the greatest in the world — I am wrong ; it is the greatest ! I have seen there about an hundred first-class junks together ; as for small ones, they were past counting.
294 ページ - Genoese pounds. You may reckon also that from Tana to Sara the road is less safe than on any other part of the journey; and yet even when this part of the road is at its worst, if you are some sixty men in the company you will go as safely as if you were in your own house. Anyone from Genoa or from Venice, wishing to go to the places above-named, and to make the journey to Cathay, should carry linens with him, and if he visit Organci he will dispose of these well. In Organci he should purchase sommi...
331 ページ - Church is not a sage ; his garrulous reminiscences show an incontinent vanity, and an incoherent lapse from one subject to another, matched by nothing in literature except the conversation of Mrs. Nickleby. But he...

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