A VIEW OF THE VICTORIA BARRACKS,
HONG KONG, CHINA
a wood engraving published March 26, 1853 in Gleason's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion, a Boston weekly.
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""The [mainland] Chinese look upon it as a 'fatal' island, and have left it to be inhabited by the very refuse of their population, or for the 'outside barbarians'. The climate produces the most weakening effects on the European constitution, and few Englishmen can expect to live many years after residing there for some time. Its diseases are endemic fever, diarrhoea, and dysentery...."