Image from page 200 of “Blue waters and green and the Far East today” (1907) – Hong Kong Picture

Identifier: cu31924023279866
Title: Blue waters and green and the Far East today
Year: 1907 (1900s)
Authors: Smith, Frederick Dumont, 1861-
Publisher: Topeka, KS : Crane & Co.
Contributing Library: Cornell University Library
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN

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o with a death-grip. The Dutchattacked it twice in the sixteen-forties, but werebeaten off. England has occupied it twice, to keepthe French from taking it when Portugal was tooweak to hold it, but from the traditional friendshipbetween the two countries returned it, and it remainstoday Portuguese ruled by a Portuguese Governor,policed by Portuguese soldiers, their last, lone out-post in the East, the monument of a dying nationthat bade fair once to outstrip Spain in colonial con-quest. Strange tales these old walls could tell of fierceconflicts, where the gallant soldiers of Old Portugalin morion and breastplate fought the swarmingChinese pirates, or stood off the sturdy Dutch. To-day the Chinese have reentered and taken their own.Portugals trade is gone. The Chinese have it all,and there are some eighty thousand of them on theisland. They make silk and cement and cigars; theygather here the products of these rich valleys in theirnative boats for the big worlds steamers at Hong [156]

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MACAO Kong, just below. They have everything save thenominal lordship of the island. A Chinese syndicatehas the gambling concession and the lottery, the big-gest in the East, the one that Taft drove out of Ma-nila. The lottery pays the Portuguese ten thousanddollars a month, and the gambling-house pays athousand dollars a day for its license, besides the taxon its property. These sums run the city—runit as no other city in the East is run except Manila.It is beautifully clean, swept and garnished everyday, well policed, healthy and salubrious. In fact,it is the summer resort for all this coast. It is alwayscool here, even when it is sweltering at Hong Kong.The cool wind always blows, and in the winter firesare grateful, but every sort of tropical vegetationflourishes, and I have never seen such gardens. Thegarden of Camoens is the sweetest spot in the Orient.His grotto, where he wrote the Lusiad, is on a hillback of the official palace of the Governor, formed bya great rock, imposed

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