Eight Years Wanderings in Ceylon

Eight Years Wanderings in Ceylon

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Eight Years Wanderings in Ceylon

Eight Years Wanderings in Ceylon

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Eight years' wanderings in Ceylon have created a love for this beautiful island which can only be equaled by my affection for Old England, from which the independence of a wild life, combined with an infatuation for rambling into every unvisited nook and corner, sentenced me to a term of voluntary exile.

During this period my delight has been in tracing the great natural resources of the country, in observing the immense relics of its former prosperity, and contrasting the past grandeur and energy of an extinct race with the apathetic and selfish policy of our present system.

It is the false economy of our present government to leave untested the actual capabilities of its possessions. Thus, while Ceylon remains with ruined tanks, deserted cities and vast tracts of uncultivated rice-lands, India, governed by the Company, is advancing in cultivation. New tanks are formed, new canals for irrigation penetrate through hitherto barren jungles, and arouse the soil to fertility. In fact, the vigilant eye of the Company is directed to the true resources of the country, and every acre of available land must yield its proportion to the revenue.

Without the statistical details which would render a description laborious to the general reader, I shall endeavor . . .

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