The Ocean Telegraph to India: A Narrative and a Diary

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W. Blackwood, 1870 - 328 sayfa
 

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Sayfa 234 - ... action does not seem probable, there is no impediment to one's seeing Sinai as it was when Moses there halted his people. And I did so see Sinai, during the memorable Sunday we spent there. Turning my back on the convent, and forgetting the wretched superstitions of the monks, I looked abroad that day with the eyes of a disciple of Moses, who had followed his footsteps from Memphis hither ; and I saw more than by many years' reading of the Pentateuch at home.
Sayfa vii - It is not by the intermeddling of Mr. Southey's idol, the omniscient and omnipotent State, but by the prudence and energy of the people, that England has hitherto been carried forward in civilisation ; and it is to the same prudence and the same energy that we now look with comfort and good hope.
Sayfa 234 - I looked abroad that day with the eyes of a disciple of Moses, who had followed his footsteps from Memphis hither; and I saw more than by many years' reading of the Pentateuch at home. How differently the Pentateuch here reads, from the same worn old Bible which one has handled for five-and-twenty years, I could not have imagined. The light from Egypt and Arabia shining into it illuminates unthought-of places, and gives a new and most fresh coloring to the whole. I little thought ever to have seen...
Sayfa 298 - ... the British Indian Extension, the China Submarine, and the British Australian Telegraph Cables now in course of manufacture will next be laid in succession. From Madras a cable will be carried to Singapore, touching at Penang. From Singapore one line will proceed north to Hong Kong, Amory, and Shanghai, and another south to Batavia and through Java to Port Darwin at the north of Australia. Thence a coast line will be taken round the north side of the Australian continent to Burketown, whence...
Sayfa 234 - Arabia shining into it illuminates unthought-of places, and gives a new and most fresh colouring to the whole. I little thought ever to have seen so much of Moses as I did this day, within sight of Arab tents, like those in which he and Zipporah and their children lived when first here with Jethro's flocks ; within sight of the same peaks which were landmarks to the wandering tribes ; and of the same wadees where they rested, and surrounded by the very same mountain springs whence they brought water...
Sayfa 233 - ... ground. In every other kind of scenery there is more or less change, from one thousand years to another. The country is differently cleared, or cultivated, or peopled : even the everlasting Nile changes its course. But here, where there is neither clearing, nor cultivation, nor settled people, where it seems as if volcanic action only could make new features in the scene, and where volcanic action does not seem probable, there is no impediment to one's seeing Sinai as it was when Moses there...
Sayfa 138 - To men with whom the external ordinances of religion, the prostration in public, the ablutions and the turning to the sun, are all in all, Christian privacy is altogether unaccountable ; and the shrewd and damaging implication of the Muhammedan donkey-boy at Cairo, is echoed in spirit by many varieties of Indian orthodoxy. " Take my donkey, master, him very good donkey, sir. Try him, master, him Christian donkey, he never go down on his knees." " Sorabjee is very contemptuous when I ask him if he...
Sayfa 137 - ... you say, to read what I don't understand ? Sir, it's my religion. If I do what that tells me to do, I shall go to Heaven ; if I don't . Here Sorabjee paused, and admitted that he had not studied the result of a contingency which he had never contemplated as possible. He does not eat beef, because " our fathers," the Parsees who came first to India, promised that if they were allowed to stay, they would never kill or eat the sacred animal of the Hindoos — but his answer to other questions concerning...

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