A Free Lance Of To-day; A Novel by Hugh Charles CliffordA Free Lance Of To-day; A Novel by Hugh Charles Clifford

A Free Lance Of To-day; A Novel

byHugh Charles Clifford

Paperback | February 8, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1903 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV "SOFT HANDS CLING TO THE BRIDLE REIN" 'I ""HE Crown Colony of the Straits Settlements, as in JL these days of Imperialism every schoolboy knows, consists of two islands, three towns and a province. Of the towns, one--Malacca--has fallen asleep after an arduous youth, and is now peopled largely by the descendants of the old Portuguese filibusters, by those of their Dutch conquerors, and by certain retired Chinese merchants who hold, with some show of reason, that their native land is not a healthy place for a man who has acquired riches. The two remaining towns, Singapore and Penang, are still as wide awake as money-hunting and self-importance can make them. Oliver Wendell Holmes, had he visited either of them, would have discovered that they fulfilled all his requirements, from the visible upcrop of the earth's axis in the market-place to a "climate particularly favourable to longevity." Moreover, Penang, which is 116 years old, looks down with contempt upon Singapore, which was only founded during the first quarter of the last century, as upon a mere mushroom growth, while Singapore points the finger of scorn at Penang because the French mail steamers will not call there, and because it is no longer the seat of Government. Singapore is also guilty of the audacity of declaring that Penang is hot--Penang hot!--while the people of the latter town, when they visit the sister settlement, affect to mop their faces with unnecessary ostentation, and openly pant in the presence of their hosts, thus delicately hinting that they are stifling in an uncongenial atmosphere. To the casual globe-trotter both these centres of civilisation are strongly reminiscent of the little room which lies in wait for the unwary in the inner sanctuary of a Turkish bath; but t...
Title:A Free Lance Of To-day; A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:104 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217161138

ISBN - 13:9780217161138