Excerpt from Beside the Bamboo
I am going to take you in imagination a very long journey to the far-off land of China, that we may see with our eyes the strange people that live there. For many a long century they would never permit the men Of other lands to look over their fences, or steal a glimpse into their back yards, but now their front doors are open, and Englishmen are welcomed with a smile. But we must be off. The great steamer is lying in the river trembling with excitement. Listen to the scream of the whistle calling us to come on board.
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