On The Indian Hills; Or, Coffee-planting In Southern India

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byEdwin Lester Linden Arnold

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ...as successful a free man as a child of six would be if released from the " barbarous trammels" of the nursery and told to enjoy the glorious privilege of fending for itself. Our friend the coolie, when he works for native ryots or cultivators of the soil, rarely takes his wages in coin of the realm, but is glad to receive as much coarse grain as will keep him and his household from day to day. He is a decided anti-Malthusian--marries early and rears large families, utterly heedless of to-morrow, his greatest windfalls the few rupees he receives as a present from his employer when the latter has a feast-day, and his highest ambition to buy his wife bangles and to outshine his humble neighbours at marriages and ceremonies. He never has any money, and, if he had, would not keep it a week. As long as food is cheap, he gets on fairly well, and even spares a little rice as an offering on the shrine of his household god, or goes to the extent of spending an anna in red ochre to ornament the samee; but when the Indian seasons go wrong, it fares very hard with the coolie. The rain holds back when it ought to fall, or THE SAMEE TREE. descends in torrents when it is not wanted, and the harvest is bad. There is perhaps no grass, and then the cattle die of starvation far and wide. The coolie's labour grows worthless like himself, and as nobody has any capital invested in him, nobody cares what becomes of him, except perhaps the Government, and as there are probably no railways and few roads near his village, the Government may be said to be far off, wherever situated. He could save himself if he would move from the spot where all his life has been spent, but he clings to it wildly. He will not go to the relief works, where plenty of work and a little...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ...as successful a free man as a child of six would be if released from the " barbarous trammels" of the nursery a...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:116 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.24 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217521789

ISBN - 13:9780217521789

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