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Mandalay to Momien: A Narrative of the Two Expeditions to Western China of 1868 and 1875, under Col. E. B. Sladen and Col. Horace Browne

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MANY details concerning the latter of the expeditions referred to in this volume have been made known in this country through the daily papers, in connection with the much-to-be regretted murder of Mr. A. R. Margary. Indeed, Dr. Anderson states that his work was suggested by the interest called forth by the repulse of the recent mission and the tragedy attending it. The principal object of both expeditions was to prepare the way for establishing an overland trade-route between. Burmah and China, and thus save the delay and expense of roundabout sea voyage. That the establishment of such a route is desirable from a commercial point of view is maintained by all who have a knowledge of the circumstances, and in the meantime appears to have been frustrated by the machinations of native traders who think it their interest to shut out British enterprise from a field which is evidently capable of great development. This uncivilised shortsightedness will no doubt in the end be defeated, though in the meantime it has cost this country the loss of a brave and accomplished servant.

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