The Middle Kingdom: A Survey of the ... Chinese Empire and Its Inhabitants ...

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Wiley & Putnam, 1848 - China - 614 pages
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Page 529 - Here he erected a table or altar, upon which he placed the books ; and then turning his face to the north, adored heaven, and returned thanks upon his knees in a humble manner for having had life and strength granted him to enable him to accomplish this laborious...
Page 38 - Mongols, but are given to agriculture or hunting, according to the part of their country they inhabit. They are of a lighter complexion and slightly heavier build than the Chinese, have the same conformation of the eyelids, but rather more beard, and their countenances present greater intellectual capacity. Literary pursuits are more esteemed by them than by Mongolians, and they are less under the priesthood.
Page 26 - ... great trade. This great work is seen scaling the precipices and topping the craggy hills of the country, which have along this coast a most desolate appearance. Some of the party who went in-shore in the steamer to within two miles...
Page 370 - Prostrate I beg imperial Heaven, (Hwang Tien) to pardon my ignorance and stupidity, and to grant me self-renovation ; for myriads of innocent people are involved by me, a single man. My sins are so numerous, it is difficult to escape from them.
Page 267 - The first is the only authentic species, according to the Chinese. It has the head of a camel, the horns of a deer, eyes of a rabbit, ears of a cow, neck of a snake, belly of a frog, scales of a carp. claws of a hawk, and palm of a tiger. On each side of the mouth are whiskers, and its beard contains a bright pearl. The breath is sometimes changed into water and sometimes into fire, and its voice is like the jingling of copper pans.
Page 302 - From the impracticability of providing for every possible contingency," says the 44th section of the Penal Code, " there may be cases to which no laws or statutes are precisely applicable; such cases may then be determined by an accurate comparison with others, which are already provided for, and which approach most nearly to those under investigation, in order to ascertain afterwards to what extent an aggravation or mitigation of the punishment would be equitable.
Page 536 - I wish to have you go with me, and fully equalize the empire: what do you think of this ?' The lad replied, ' The empire cannot be equalized ; here are high hills, there are lakes and rivers ; either there are princes and nobles, or there are slaves and servants. If the high hills be leveled, the birds and beasts will have no resort; if the rivers and lakes be filled up, the fishes and the turtles will have nowhere to go ; do away with kings and nobles, and the common people will have much dispute...
Page 370 - I have uttered irreverent words and deserved reprehension ; whether perfect equity has been attained in conferring rewards and inflicting punishments ; whether, in raising mausoleums and laying out gardens, I have distressed the people and wasted property ; whether, in the appointment of officers, I have failed to obtain fit persons, and thereby...
Page 312 - ... stillness of profound awe. A benevolent heart and a benevolent administration were universally diffused ; in China Proper, as well as beyond it, order and tranquillity prevailed, and the tens of thousands of common people were all happy. But in the midst of a hope that this glorious reign would be...
Page 518 - Therefore his fame overspreads the Middle Kingdom, and extends to all barbarous tribes. Wherever ships and carriages reach; wherever the strength of man penetrates ; wherever the heavens overshadow and the earth sustains ; wherever the sun and moon shine ; wherever frosts and dews fall : all who have blood and breath unfeignedly honor and love him. Hence it is said,