Travels on foot through the island of Ceylon. Transl

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Sir Richard Phillips, 1821 - 118페이지
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101 페이지 - A panorama more deplorably desolate no human imagination can conceive. To the right and left, as far as the eye could reach, there lay outstretched, like ramparts of the world, lines of...
109 페이지 - ... similar circumstances can alone judge what I felt. An unconquerable irresolution still made me hesitate, but seeing the hated monster open his immense jaws, and quicken his pace, and now only about a hundred paces from me, 1 rushed towards that part of the rock that overhung the canal. I made a leap about five feet from the rock, and an equal height from the ground, to lay hold of a cleft with my hand, — it succeeded ! But for the threatened danger, which called forth all my strength and agility,...
22 페이지 - Batacole, and are there more completely in the savage state than any where else. They subsist by hunting deer and other animals of the forest, and on the fruits which grow spontaneously around them; but they never cultivate the ground in any manner. They sleep on trees or at the foot of them, and climb up like monkies when alarmed. A few of the less wild traffic with the natives, giving ivory, honey, wax, and deer, in exchange for cloth, iron, and knives; but the wilder class, known by the name of...
37 페이지 - ... different herds or droves. The elephants always come first, and stay longest, as they usually bathe themselves before drinking, and when the water is not deep enough, they draw it up into their trunks and refresh themselves by spouting it over their bodies. The buffaloes arrive next ; after having quenched their thirst, they amuse themselves by lying down in the water, and playing and tumbling about in it. The tigers also and the bears have their turns, and at last towards morning, the wild swine,...
23 페이지 - All human assistance seemed to be unavailing, as the smallest movement, cither of myself or my companions, would have made the bear strike his claws into my head, above which they were suspended. He appeared only to be collecting his strength in order to be sure of his aim. I gave up my soul to God, and waited for death with closed eyes. At this decisive moment I heard something whistle past my ears, and at the same time a report took place, which frightened the bear to such a degree that, instead...
83 페이지 - ... considerable length. There are many taverns and coffee-houses, kept in the Dutch manner, where people amuse themselves at billiards, bowls, chess, and other games. The environs of the city are delightful, being composed of avenues of high and umbrageous trees. There are many beautiful walks along the banks of the river, where multitudes amuse themselves, particularly on Sundays, and the suburbs are full of liquor-shops and casinos, which are almost always full of soldiers and the working classes...
74 페이지 - These poof people not being able to consent with indifference to leave the houses and gardens, and the fields they had cultivated, all their lawful property, made many ineffectual remonstrances, and sent many petitions in vain.
40 페이지 - The company here maintains a Malabar Adigaar,* who has some Peons under him. We lodged in a large church, built by the Portuguese ; it now serves as a resting place for travellers. The body of this building appeared to be in good repair, though consisting only of bricks; the doors and windows had been taken away. As provisions had begun to fail us, and we could find none in this village, I sent a Kooly with a letter to Mr. Nagel, engineer at...
108 페이지 - ... every possible way, prevented all access to the foot of it. Struggling with disappointment and vexation, I followed the edge of the wood, either to see if there was any means of getting into it, as I hoped, by continuing along the side of it to arrive at its termination, or find a passage through it. Having proceeded back about fifty paces with this intention, I had the satisfaction to observe a small opening, through which, with much labour and difficulty, I penetrated into the wood. Scarcely...
22 페이지 - ... however, can only be carried on in the manner I have already described; for no native of the woods can be more afraid of approaching a stranger than the Bedahs.

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