China and the Chinese, the Evil Arising from Opium Trade by Sirr H.Charles

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R. Montgomery Martin's "China, Political, (Commercial, and Social,'' chap. vi. \o\. , page 317. This talented gentleman, and excellent statistical writer, lias evinced his usu(d Imbits. of observation in the * Lay's " Chinese work alluded As They Arc," page 280. to. HONG-KONG A has been most letter written disposal^ September 1848 that will from it. "The ; IN 1848. oblig-ing-ly 87 placed at our month of we think there is much in it reader, we subjoin extracts Hong*-Kong' in the at and as interest the November 1847 to April 1848 was a ver}^ mild one.

Is as follows : — As Their usual mode soon as they g'et within reach of their victims, they throw on board the doomed vessel a larg*e quantity of fire-balls, so pre- pared as to produce an intolerable and most offensive odour when explosion takes place kinds are then scattered around. and confusion thus created is ; missiles of all AVhen the terror at its height, the pirates CHINESE PIRATES. and board the g-rapple when^ if resistance on board are butchered prize^ offered^ too frequently all a savao'e manner.

Better class of shopkeepers are beginning the few of a to settle in the colony, the great majority of the new comers are of the lowest condition and character. The principal part of the Chinese population in the town, consists of servants, coolees, stone-cutters, and engaged in temporary works. The Colony has been also for some time the resort of pirates and "masons, VOL. I. c CHINA AND THE CHINESE. 18 thieves^ so protected by secret compact as to defy the ordinary reg'ulatioiis of police for detection or preIn short, there are but faint prospects of vention.

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