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Title: A sketcher's tour round the world
Year: 1854 (1850s)
Authors: Elwes, Robert
Subjects: Voyages around the world Voyages around the world
Publisher: London : Hurst and Blackett, Publishers ...
Contributing Library: Cornell University Library
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN


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ndas they wiE not allow the human body to be dissected, theycannot make any progress in the art. Their forte is com-merce and manufactures. Their banking establishments areadmirably conducted, and circular notes, bills of exchange,and letters of credit on diflPerent houses, are all used andwell understood. The pawnbrokers establishments are veryextensive, and contain great wealth, as numbers of theChinese pawn their valuables, and use the money. Theyusually pawn their furs in the spring and redeem them inthe autumn, when the cold weather begins; not from anynecessity, but in the pawnbrokers warehouse their furs willbe well taken care of, and meanwhile they have the moneyto trade with. The pawnbrokers shops are the first placesattacked and plundered by Chinese mobs. Our walk took us past the carpenters and furniture shops,where the work seemed quite equal to that of our uphol-sterers. The best comes from Ningpo. The bedsteads,which are beautifully carved, are full of contrivances, cup-

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STREETS OF SHANGHAI. 361 boards, chests of drawers, &c. The tables are very massive,as well as handsome, and their cheapness is extraordinary.Near the shops are extensive wood yards, to supply whichlarge trees are brought down from the interior and landedhere. We were a good deal pestered by beggars, who seemto have been rather encouraged by the indiscriminate distri-bution of the soup tickets; for it is a great check to thecharitably-disposed, that in nine instances out of ten theyare either taken in, or pestered to death afterwards.We entered the spacious court of a building, which wasapparently an almshouse, or place where beggars had freequarters. It seemed originally to have been a temple, andin the middle of the court was a large vase or bronze orna-ment, covered with characters and beautifully cast; but wecould only take a cursory glance at it, as we were instantlysurrounded by a crowd of beggars covered with vermin, andwere glad to make our escape. The streets of Shanghai


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