Friday, June 01, 2007

biosphere 0.95

Palanquins were provided with mattresses and cushions, and most travellers stocked them with supplies of food and drink. [...] The bearers were both highly skilled and militant (there was a general strike of palanquin bearers in Calcutta in 1828), and more than one high-ranking but overzealous British officer found himself abandoned by the roadside by bearers whom he had, most unwisely, abused for the discomforts of his journey.
Dash, Mike. Thugs. London 2005, 297.

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