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consists of nearly 12,000,000 square miles,
J / and as Asia occupies one third of all the land of the
globe, you must not expect to see it all in half an hour.
Think of it, the population of Asia is 825,954,000, to which huge
amount China gives nearly one half! Of
course among such a vast number of
people, inhabiting such a large portion
of the world, one must find all kinds of
races, white people, black, brown and yel- |
low people, short and tall, '
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giants and dwarfs, and
it therefore becomes
: necessary to make a
selection, which we
A0/ will do by picking out some
of the most interesting of these
\ beautiful oriental countries.
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d bby is certainly one of the most
fascinating empires, not only
in the East, but in the world.
At the head of the state is an
emperor called the Mikado.
He is an exceedingly clever man, and has done much
customs that have long been worn
South, he has adopted the best
Western ideas, and many
Sof the customs
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is now the most civilized and powerful country
in the East, and owns a magnificent navy.
The Empire consists of four large islands
Hondo, Kiu-shu, Shikolu, and Yeso, and
many small islands, most of which are very
rich in minerals. The Japanese also export
rice, cotton, silk, hemp, tobacco, and tea.
Japanese shoes for wear
out of doors
-_ Chinese sampans
When we turn from
Japan to China we find a
wonderful change. Years
and years ago China was
civilized when almost all the
rest of the world was savage;
but many parts of that savage
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Chinese Family with Wheelbarrow.
Chinese sedan chair
world have gradually grown better and better and more civilized,
with the consequence that they have caught old China up and
passed it Japan is one of those countries that caught up China
and passed it, and when Japan went to war with China a few
years back, the great Chinese Empire with its population of 400,000,000
inhabitants could do nothing against the smaller country and had
to give in.
The head of the state of China is also an
C Emperor, but unlike the Emperor of Japan, he is
not a wise man, and does nothing to improve his
people, while the taxes are very heavy, and so the
people fear, without loving and respecting him,
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interesting. Their boats or Sampans as
they are called, are
S B *while the houses and
S their surroundings
--- ~ are quaint and artistic;
)Yaive tailor of Jndia
ie tailor of ndiat the same time it
must be very difficult to eat rice with
chop-sticks, but a Chinaman can do this
with the greatest ease.
Pekin is the capital of China,
and only a short time ago it was
necessary to occupy it with Euro-
pean and American troops, owing
to a terrible rebellion that broke out. ndian woman
Hunting in the Indian 7Jungle.
Jndian state barge with rowers
When we come to India we
feel more at home, for the Indian
Empire belongs to England, and
the Emperor of India is no other
than the King of England.
England acquired India by the sword
and has had to hold it by the sword,
although happily, to-day, the natives
of that great and beautiful country,
are, with very few exceptions, most
loyal to their Emperor. The population
of India is 268,696,960, three-fourths
of which are Hindus, 50,000,000
Mahommedans, and over- 2,000,000
The native princes of c
India are very ,. .
Brass tray and vase
Some Jndian fruits
wealthy and live a life of great pomp; one of the illustrations shows
an Indian state barge. Another picture is that of an Englishman and
his servants, mounted on an elephant, hunting
tigers in the jungle, It is, as you can suppose,
a very dangerous sport, but Englishmen love
Sport, and the more dangerous the better ,
they like it.
"'// The Indian natives are
tdihan very clever at making ornaments
in gold, silver, and brass and other
metals, the brass work of Benares being
exceptionally beautiful. The mineral wealth of I
India is very considerable while many rare
precious stones come from different parts of
3ndian -7yah (nurse)
with english child
Persian Boys playing at Chess.
'is an interesting country in the West of
SAsia, it is justly celebrated for its beautiful
carpets and rugs. The King of Persia is
called the Shah, and the population of his
/ country is about 8,000,000.
Sherbet is the principal drink in
Persia, and an illustration is given here
-. g.. of a couple of sherbet spoons.
Persian lady Afghanist/can
SWe are now coming to the end of the
~ book, but before saying good-bye we must
mention Afghanistan and the Afghans. Afghanistan is a wild
country inhabited by wild and brave tribes that at various periods
have given considerable trouble to India, troubles that ,
have not ended without fierce wars.
The Afghans at present are peaceful, and
are wisely ruled by their Ameer.
Naturally in such a huge
extent of countries, as in Asia, a
great number of curious animals
are to be found, but I think
the best known are the royal tigers of India
and the elephants. Then of course there are
many terrible reptiles including the deadly
cobra whose fearful bite means nearly always
The Eastern oxen too are very different
to their western cousins, as can be seen from
the last illustration in this book.
fAfghan with ox laden with bags of grain.
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