by HERBERT A. GILES
"The institutions of a despised people cannot be judged with fairness."
Spencer's Sociology: The Bias of Patriotism.
To Warren William de la Rue,
"As a mark of friendship."
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