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Chinese Sketches
Herbert A. Giles

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CHINESE SKETCHES 

by HERBERT A.  GILES 

"The institutions of a despised people cannot be judged with fairness." 

Spencer's Sociology: The Bias of Patriotism. 

DEDICATION 

To Warren William de la Rue,
"As a mark of friendship." 

PREFACE 

The following /Sketches/ owe their existence chiefly to frequent
peregrinations in Chinese cities, with pencil and note-book in hand.
Some of them were written for my friend Mr.  F.  H.  Balfour of Shanghai,
and by him published in the columns of the /Celestial Empire/.  These

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