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Now, there is nothing in the world more trying to the nerves than to be over-run by a crowd of even friendly Chinamen one must submit to being felt of, stared at, and having the texture of his hair and clothes tested to having his hat and boots tried on and passed around the crowd, with the chance of their disappearing in the capacious pockets of some acquisitive visitor. And all this must be submitted to until the whole population of a large town has satisfied its curiosity. There is no other alternative than to submit or fight, and the less fighting that Tiffany outlet pioneer travellers do the better for themselves and for those who follow them.
It had been our practice to avoid observation as much as possible in passing large cities, and it was therefore with a feeling of annoyance that we sat in our cabin awaiting the coming development. The boats soon began to arrive. "Where are the western barbarians?" asked several of the new-comers. "There are none here," answered our men with perfect composure "why don't you go to the boat with the French flag?" "So we did, but they told Tiffany and co outlet us there that that was only the baggage boat, and that the barbarians were in this tiffany and co one.

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