With Gordon In China; Letters From Thomas Lyster, Lieutenant Royal Engineers by Thomas Lyster

With Gordon In China; Letters From Thomas Lyster, Lieutenant Royal Engineers

byThomas Lyster

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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. 1891. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. 1862. Shanghai continued). "Who is the happy Warrior? Who is he That every man in arms should wish to be?--It is the generous Spirit, who, when brought Among the tasks of real life, hath wrought Upon the plan that pleased his boyish thought: Whose high endeavours are an inward light That makes the path before him always bright: $ $ £ $ Who, doomed to go in company with Pain, And Fear, and Bloodshed, miserable train! Turns his necessity to glorious gain." Wordsworth, The Happy Warrior. The contemplated expedition to take Kahding from the rebels was quickly decided on. On the date of the last extract from his diary, October 18th, Lieutenant Lyster writes from Shanghai:--We start on Wednesday to take a town called Kahding; it has been taken before by us, and. retaken by the rebels from the Imperialist troops who were put in by us to garrison it. I cannot say whether the rebels will make much, or any resistance. I expect the less they make the better for themselves. Meanwhile I am occupied making myself acquainted with the country. Captain Gordon and I have got an interpreter between us, and we make excursions into the country. I take good care not to venture too near the rebels by myself, as it is objectionable to have one's head cut off. I cannot say if the mail will leave before we return. I shall leave this to be posted, and if I come back in time I shall open it to say I am all right. On Tuesday, 21st, we make our final arrangements to start early the next morning. I will finish this on that day, so good-bye for the present. Tuesday 21st, 5 a.m. I have been called up unexpectedly, as our men start a day before the others, and I have to take a look at the road. I shall not be back again, so must hurriedly conclude. I got up, shaved, dress...

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Title:With Gordon In China; Letters From Thomas Lyster, Lieutenant Royal EngineersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217418961

ISBN - 13:9780217418966

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