Narrative of the Voyages and Services of the Nemesis, from 1840 to 1843 Volume 2; And of the Combined Naval and Military Operations in China Comprisin

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1844 Excerpt: ...to collect every morning, in a cart sent round for the purpose, the dead bodies of infants which were thrown into the streets during the night. Sometimes they were found still alive, and these were commonly rescued by the Roman Catholic Missionaries, who attended for the purpose, and subsequently brought ...
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1844 Excerpt: ...to collect every morning, in a cart sent round for the purpose, the dead bodies of infants which were thrown into the streets during the night. Sometimes they were found still alive, and these were commonly rescued by the Roman Catholic Missionaries, who attended for the purpose, and subsequently brought them up in the Roman Catholic faith. Mr. GutzlafF also alludes to this horrible practice, as being far from uncommon, and as being perpetrated without any feelings of remorse, but almost exclusively upon females. Among the immense population which live in boats, and upon the rivers of China, it is impossible to calculate how many are disposed of by being drowned. But, in Pekin, Barrow gives the average number destroyed at twenty-four every day. Some allowance must, however, be made for those which die of disease during the earliest period of life, in a country where medical science is at so low an ebb. With the exception of some of the Tartar towns, such as Chapoo and Chinkeang-foo, where wholesale murder was committed by the men upon their wives and children immediately the places were captured, little evidence was obtained of the existence of the revolting practice of infanticide. We have seen that at Amoy the bodies of several infants were found sewed up in sacks; and it was also said that a cave was found at Chinhae, in which were a number of bodies of female infants, also tied up in bags. But it was an extremely rare thing to find an infant abandoned in the streets, alive or dead. An instance, however, occurred at Ningpo, one evening, when a party from the Ne mesis were returning towards their boats. They were just passing a joss-house, or temple, when something attracted attention, lying upon the steps leading to the entrance. On examination, it prove...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781150687563
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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CAPE INYACHE. 63 CHAPTER IV. Anchors off Cape Inyache Delagoa Bay Slave Settlement of the Portuguese English River Alarm of the people at the approach of a Steamer Portuguese Fort Hostile preparations Salute Awkward mistake Aide-de-camp's Visit The Governor's civility Openly encouraging the Slave-trade Slaver in the River Parsee Merchant as interpreter Poisonous atmosphere White man dies where the black man thrives Trade in ivory and gold-dust Governor afterwards removed for abetting the Slave-trade Threat Presents from Governor Description of English River The Temby Dundas And Mattoll Character of the country and origin of pestilence Native tribes in the neighbourhood Hollontontes Thievish propensities Nemesis hauled on shore Plague of locusts Sky darkened by them Came by a North-east and went away by a South-west wind Native feast of locusts Dance and song. The anchorage which the Nemesis had now so providentially reached was situated close to Cape Inyache, at the entrance of Delagoa Bay. This settlement, which still belongs to the Portuguese, was once famous in the annals of slavery, as one of the principal marts in which that revolting traffic was carried on. It is still far from being undeserving of the stigma which attaches to its name, although it has greatly fallen from its once thriving condition. It is situated on the eastern coast of Africa (see map), and at daylight, on the morning of the 27th July, 1840, the Nemesis steamed into the 64 DELAGOA BAY. river which runs into the bay, and is known by the name of English River. The Portuguese have a small fort near its entrance, from which the approach of the steamer was no sooner discovered than a mighty stir was made.Steamers had scarcely even been heard of, much less seen. The...
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