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nks the people who live there ought not to complain of their ventilation and drainage; and if they fell out of the front windows by any accident, they would not be worth much when picked up. Away up on the top of the rock there is a little temple that would make a capital light-house,[Pg 338]

  • an English gun-boat at a place up the
  • river was carried through for nothing by a junk whose cargo he p
  • retended to own. He passed a


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but I suppose the Chinese are too far behind the times to think of turning it to any practical use. Great Orphan Rock is farther up the river, or a little out of the river, in what they call Po-yang Lake. "Around the shores of Po-yang Lake is where they make a great deal of the porcelain, a

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  • as he had never bought anything in his life more valuable than a
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nd what we call 'China ware,' that they send to America. The captain says he has frequently taken large quantities of it down the river to Shanghai, and that it was sent from there to our country. They dig the clay that they want for making the porcelain on the shores of the lake, and they get

  • ld a great deal less than that. A NIN
  • n-kiang is in some places ve

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their fuel for burning it from the forests, not far away. The entrance to the lake is very picturesque; there is a town in a fortress on a hill that overlooks the river, and then there is a fort close down by the water. Probably the fort wouldn't be of much use against a fleet of foreign ship

  • ry pretty, and the mountains rise out
  • of the water here and there, making a great contrast to the lowl
  • ands farther down. There are

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s; but it looks well, and that is what pleases the Chinese." CHAPTER XXV. THE TAE-PING REBELLION.—SCENES ON THE GREAT RIVER. The evidences of a large population along the Yang-tse were easy to see; but, nevertheless, Frank and Fred were somewhat disappointed. They had read of the overcro

  • several large cities on the way, the
  • most important (or, at all events, the one we know the most abou
  • t) being Nanking. It was fam

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wded condition of China, and they saw the great numbers of boats that navigated the river, and consequently they looked for a proportionately dense mass of people on shore. Sometimes, for two or three hours at a time, not a house could be seen; and at others the villages were strung along in a

  • ous for its porcelain tower, which was
  • destroyed years ago by the rebels. Every brick has been carried
  • away, and they have actuall

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straggling sort of way, as though they were thinly inhabited, and wished to make as good a show as possible. There were many places where the land did not seem to be under cultivation at all, as it was covered with a dense growth of reeds and rushes. In some localities the country appeared so much like a wilderness that the boys half expected to see wild beasts running about undisturbed;

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they began to speculate as to the kind of beasts that were to be found there, and finally questioned Dr. Bronson on the subject. The Doctor explained to them that this desolation was more apparent than real, and that if they should make a journey on shore, at almost any point, for a few miles back from the river,

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they would find all the people they wanted. "About thirty years ago," said he, "they had a rebellion in China; it lasted for a long time, and caused an immense destruction of life and property. The rebels had possession of the cities along the Yang-tse, and at one period it looked as though they would succeed in destroying the government." "Did they destroy the cities that we see

  • e is only a part of the city left; and as we did not have time to go on shore, I am not able
  • to say much about it. But there are several other cities that were more fortunate, since they were able to save their towers, or pagodas, as they a
  • re generally called. These pagodas are always built with an odd number of stories, usually five, seven, or
  • nine; but once in a great while there is an ambitious one of eleven stories, or a cheap and modest one of only th
  • ree. We saw one handsome pagoda of nine stories that had bushes and climbing-plants growing from it. I suppose the birds car
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in ruins?" Fred asked. "Yes," answered the Doctor, "they destroyed several cities so completely that not a hundred inhabitants remained, where formerly there had been many thousands; and other cities were so greatly injured that the traces of the rebel occupation have not been removed. I believe there is not a city that escaped uninjured, and you have seen for yourselves how some of them

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have suffered. "The rebellion," he continued, "is known in history as the Tae-ping[Pg 340] insurrection. The words 'tae ping' mean 'general peace,' and were inscribed on the banners of the rebels. The avowed intention of the leader of the revolt was to overthrow the imperial power, and deliver the country from its oppressors. There were promises of a division of property, or, at all event

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s, the rebels were to have free license to plunder wherever they went; and as there are always a great many people who have everything to gain and nothing to lose, the rebellion gathered strength as time went on. The leaders managed to convince the foreigners that they were inclined to look favorably on Christianity, and the idea went abroad that the Tae-pings were a sort of Chinese Protesta

  • "There is a funny little island—and not so little, after all, as it is three hundred fe
  • et high—that stands right in the middle of the river at one pla
  • ce. They call it the Little Orphan Rock, probably because it was never known to have
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