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CHAPTER VIII.

Departure of day. Rapid advance of night. Indian nights pecu-

liar. Deserted roads. Sepoy guards and fight of the begging

crowds. Mosques. The cunning snake charmer. Mohammedan

devotee. A poor Sudra. Large edible bat and beetles. The

music of Nature. Elater Noctilucus. Infinity of living crea-

tures. Funeral pyres. Back bay. Vultures. Covering a body.

Burning it. Friends of departed. Children's indifference to

the dead. Shore strewed with human bones. Hindoos on

death. Government proclamations, Nizam of Hyderabad.

Do the Brahmins encourage self-immolation ? Dangers of the

coast. Fate of the Donna Pascoa. Romantic story of Colabah.

English residences. Parsee property. The nest of the tailor

warbler. Barracks and soldiers. Predisposing causes to cholera,

Contagion. Sick bungalows. English chapel and old tombs.

Sea-shells and cowries. Land-crabs, their habits and haunts,

&c., &c.

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CHAPTER IX.

Establishment of a wealthy merchant. Three classes of servants.

Ladies' maids and Ayehs. Affection of Indian nurses, their

PAGK.

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RECOLLECTIONS OF INDIA.

CHAPTER I.

" Roll on, thou deep and dark blue ocean-roll !

Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain ;
Man marks the earth with ruin-his control
Stops with the shore; upon the watery plain
The wrecks are all thy deed, nor doth remain
A shadow of man's ravage, save his own,
When, for a moment, like a drop of rain,
He sinks into thy depths with bubbling groan-
Without a grave, unknelled, uncoffined, and unknown."

BYRON.

Introduction Glance at Porto Santo, Procellaria pelagica, Their food

and habits. Halothuria Physalis. Exocetus Volitans. Their visits to the English coast. Vast fields of Sea-weed. A man overboard. Mada. gascar at Sun-set.

Search after the lost boy. Sorrow of the crew. Have the sharks eaten him ? Sunday on the ocean. Our sea service. The Sesostris steam-Frigate. Her deck passengers. Bombay harbour. Land Sharks and servants. First impressions of India. Vasco del Gama. Moguls. Portuguese and Charles the Second. Situation of Bombay. Strange people. Goa. What have we done for India ? Reflections, &c., &c., &c.

A VOYAGE to India has often been described ; and there is, in truth, little variety in the every-day scenes on board a large vessel. The passengers you meet

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