Central Asian Portraits: The Celebrities of the Khanates and the Neighbouring States

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W. H. Allen & Company, 1880 - 310 sider
 

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Side 16 - The justice of this chief affords a constant theme of praise to all classes : the peasant rejoices at the absence of tyranny ; the citizen at the safety of his home and the strict municipal regulations regarding weights and measures ; the merchant at the equity of the decisions and the protection of his property, and the soldiers at the regular manner in which their arrears are discharged. A man in power can have no higher praise.
Side 129 - I returned by touching my cap. He then made a sign for me to sit down by his side. Before I relate our conversation, it may not be uninteresting if I describe the sovereign. He is taller than the average of his subjects, being quite five feet ten in height, and is strongly built. His face is of a broad massive type, he has a low, square forehead, large dark eyes, a short straight nose, with dilated nostrils, and a coal-black beard and moustache. An enormous mouth, with irregular but white teeth,...
Side 77 - All's past history is legible in his externals. In his air there is all the dignity which royal birth, coupled with a long experience of misfortune, seldom fails to confer; and the habitual melancholy of his passion-ravaged countenance is eloquent with the tale of that domestic grief which, four years ago, shook his reason with an almost irreparable throe.
Side 18 - Cabul, it is an unquestionable fact that he is the only person fit to rule Cabul.
Side 4 - ... diplomacy, which are always wandering in my heart and brain, have not allowed me to rest a moment, and I shall never be easy until some mature steps are taken to punish the hostile obstinacy of Ata...
Side 4 - ... of my superiors be not durable; and in this respect the most blind and foolish policy appears to prevail. One cause for every one of the above-mentioned individuals falling into luxurious indolence appears to be that they forget the seditious conduct of Ata...
Side 4 - Vazir, with disgrace out of the valley ; and refused to pay the stipulated sum of tribute. It is not possible to defray the general expenses of the movements of an army under my noble brother the Vazir, to check the restless spirit of the discontented chiefs, unless the country of Kashmir be ceded to us.
Side 17 - Khan has not attained his fortieth year ; his mother was a Persian, and he has been trained up with people of that nation, which has sharpened his understanding, and given him advantages over all his brothers. One is struck with the intelligence, knowledge, and curiosity which he displays, as well as his accomplished manners and address. He is doubtless the most powerful chief in Afghanistan, and may yet raise himself by his abilities to a much greater rank in his native country.
Side 277 - Cavagnari, in which he said that he would " bring every human effort to bear on my exalted father in the hope that, perhaps, the friendship of this God-granted State with the illustrious British Government may remain constant and firm.

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