^ The City at Night
night life of the city : the haunts of the opium smoker, where men lie as in a shambles, forgetful of time ; the inner parlour of the Ah-Sin club, where fan is played, and little cards are heaped with money on the tables. But the life of a city at night is of endless variety, and if it is undoubtedly interesting, it is somewhat unsavoury to chronicle. The river is not open to the same objection.
the strand, looking out to sea
On the dark road that winds between the Strand and the river's edge, all life seems stilled, save that of the overshadowing palms which rustle in every breeze. Behind me lies the city, with its brick avenues, its multitude of lights, and its swarming populace. A few yards ahead of the silence in which I am engulfed lies