The Chinese Traveller: Containing a Geographical, Commercial, and Political History of China. With a Particular Account of Their Customs, Manners, Religion ... To which is Prefixed the Life of Confucius, the Celebrated Chinese Philosopher ...

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E. and C. Dilly, 1772
 

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Стр. 142 - Another of thefe expert youths took three long fharp- pointed knives, and, throwing them up by turns, kept one always in each hand, and the third in the air. This he continued to perform for a confiderable time, catching conftantly the falling knife by the handle, without ever allowing it to touch the floor. The knives were...
Стр. 142 - There were placed erect, upon the pavement of the room, t-vvo bambos, which are a kir^d of cane. The length of them was about twenty-five feet ; at the lower end I reckon them to be near five inches diameter, and at the top about the breadth of a crown piece. They were ftraight, light, and fmooth, and each fupported by two men. Two boys then climbed up the poles, without the leaft affiftance ; and, having reached the top, ftood upright, foraetimes on one foot, and fometimes on the other, and then...
Стр. 143 - ... was exhaufted. After this, he fufpended an iron chain, of round links, about four feet long. He then took a moufe out of a box, and made it dance upon the table, quite loofe. Then the moufe, at his order, went in at one link of the chain, and out at another, till it afcended to the top ; from...
Стр. 142 - He then tofled the ball above a yard high, and caught it again upon the point of the rod, not in the hole of the ball, but wherever it happened to meet the point ; and, in this manner, he continued to throw up and catch the ball for a confiderable time. He now placed the ball upon the point of the rod, taking no notice of the hole, and twirled it round like a top fo quickly, that the motion could not be obferved. This feemed extremely dexterous, for all the while he played with the ball in appearance...
Стр. 142 - ... time. He now placed the ball upon the point of the rod, taking no notice of the hole, and twirled it round like a top fo quickly, that the motion could not be obferved. This feemed extremely dexterous, for all the while he played with the ball in appearance ; and, when the motion began to flacken, gave it a frem twirl with his hand, as if the rod and ball' had been faftened to each other.
Стр. 11 - ... which issued through a little pipe upon a sort of wheel made like the sail of a windmill. This little wheel turned another with an axletree, and by that means the...
Стр. 143 - In this pofture they continued for a confiderable time, and even fhifted hands. I obferved that much depended on the men who held the poles ; one of the two at each pole having it fixed to his girdle, and they kept a fteady eye on the motions of the boys. There were about, twenty or thirty of thefe performers, who all belong to the Emperor, and never difplay their art without his permiffion. I am fully perfuaded that, in tricks and feats of dexterity, few nations can equal, and none excel, the Chinefe.
Стр. 138 - Stories of Lights placed in a Circle, the Light of which was like Silver, and •which in a Moment turned Night into Day ; at length the Emperor, with his own Hands, fet fire to one of the Works, and in a...
Стр. 11 - VL M'Mahcn,Esq., of Baltimore), I find the following : — " The Pneumatick Machines also, did not less excite the Emperor's curiosity : " They caused a Waggon to be made of light Wood about two Foot long : in the middle of it they placed a Brazen Vessel full of live coals, and upon that an...
Стр. 111 - Their fubtilty in deceiving is ftill more extraordinary in their thieves and robbers, who break through the thickeft walls, burn gates, and make great holes in them, by the help of a certain engine that fires the wood without any flame. Thus they penetrate into the moft private...

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