The Army and Navy Magazine, Volume 12

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W.H. Allen, 1886

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Page 25 - Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear, Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come.
Page 228 - ... deemed entirely competent in China to superintend military examinations, and decide in regard to the relative merits and attainments of the competitors. It seems also very strange that, in a land where the use of gunpowder has been known for centuries, no skill in the employment of guns and cannon should be required in candidates for military rank. Skill in archery, and great physical strength, are deemed of more importance than any other attainment relating to war. Those who desire to compete...
Page 133 - The western wave was all a-flame. The day was well nigh done! Almost upon the western wave Rested the broad bright Sun; When that strange shape drove suddenly Betwixt us and the Sun.
Page 130 - With sloping masts, and dipping prow, As who pursued with yell and blow Still treads the shadow of his foe, And forward bends his head ; The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast, And southward aye we fled.
Page 463 - The sunrise broken into scarlet shafts Among the palms and ferns and precipices ; The blaze upon the waters to the east; The blaze upon his island overhead; The blaze upon the waters to the west; Then the great stars that globed themselves in Heaven, The hollower-bellowing ocean, and again The scarlet shafts of sunrise — but no sail.
Page 434 - Fools that we were ! We thought that all this wealth and prosperity were sent us by Providence, and could not stop coming. In our blindness we did not see that we were merely a big workshop, making up the things which came from all parts of tho world ; and that if other nations stopped sending us raw goods to work up, we could not produce them ourselves.
Page 218 - Mantchou nation ; those, therefore, of the Mantchous whose indigence induces them to desire exemption from statute labor and military service, do not present themselves to the census enumerators, and by that omission enter the ranks of the Chinese people. Thus, while, on the one hand, constant migration has carried beyond the Great Wall a great number of Chinese, on the other, a great number of Mantchous have voluntarily abdicated their nationality.
Page 63 - I agreed, and with Erskine and four native officers, met him about a mile from the fort. I never saw a man in such a fright in my life. Although he had thirty horsemen, armed to the teeth, and there were only six of us, he retreated twice before he would venture near us. He thought, from our coming alone, there must be treachery ; that some men were hidden somewhere. Even, after we had met, he had his horse all ready, close by, for a start. Down we all sat in a circle. A wild scene. His followers...
Page 414 - The history of war only seldom gives a complete picture of it. Considering the multitude of events it deals with, it, as a rule, only brings into prominence what in later times commands general interest, and skips what is only of momentary importance, only then to disappear as illusion. After a war one ought not only to write the history of what has taken place, but also the history of what was intended; then would the narrative be an interesting one.
Page 219 - This division furnishes a guard of two men at each gate of the "forbidden city," whose duty it is to sit holding a red bar across the gateway, and who rise only to princes of the blood. The " light division," as its name indicates, is especially intended for service requiring strength and activity. The fifth great division is that of " artillery and musketry," which is divided into two brigades, one of which is quartered within and the other without the city. Though nominally devoted to the use of...

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