* Elisabeth de Rossan, Marquise de Ganges
, was one of the famous women of the court of Louis XIV.
Formerly one was obliged to travel in India by the old cumbrous methods of going on foot or on horseback, in palanquins or unwieldly coaches; now fast steamboats ply on the Indus and the Ganges
, and a great railway, with branch lines joining the main line at many points on its route, traverses the peninsula from Bombay to Calcutta in three days.
In the chronicles of the ancient dynasty of the Sassanidae, who reigned for about four hundred years, from Persia to the borders of China, beyond the great river Ganges
itself, we read the praises of one of the kings of this race, who was said to be the best monarch of his time.
They were the dead of the Indian villages, carried by the Ganges
to the level of the sea, and which the vultures, the only undertakers of the country, had not been able to devour.
We passed over five or six rivers, many degrees broader and deeper than the Nile or the Ganges
: and there was hardly a rivulet so small as the Thames at London-bridge.
 A nearly similar abnormal, but I do not know whether hereditary, structure has been observed in the carp, and likewise in the crocodile of the Ganges
: Histoire des Anomalies, par M.
At the crucial instant of renunciation she was greatly helped by the reflection that she closely resembled the heathen mothers who cast their babes to the crocodiles in the Ganges
‡ It is a fiction of the Indians, that Cupid was first seen floating in one of these down the river Ganges
- and that he still loves the cradle of his childhood.
Now the trunks of trees on the bottom, and the old log canoe, and the dark surrounding woods, are gone, and the villagers, who scarcely know where it lies, instead of going to the pond to bathe or drink, are thinking to bring its water, which should be as sacred as the Ganges
at least, to the village in a pipe, to wash their dishes with!
He would come triumphantly flying out of Vesuvius and Aetna ahead of the lava, and would boil unharmed in the hot springs of Iceland, and would float majestically down the Ganges
and the Nile.
So closely had the nations raced along the path of research and invention, so secret and yet so parallel had been their plans and acquisitions, that it was within a few hours of the launching of the first fleet in Franconia that an Asiatic Armada beat its west-ward way across, high above the marvelling millions in the plain of the Ganges
. But the preparations of the Confederation of Eastern Asia had been on an altogether more colossal scale than the German.
I had just got past the goose-step, and learned to handle my musket, when I was fool enough to go swimming in the Ganges
. Luckily for me, my company sergeant, John Holder, was in the water at the same time, and he was one of the finest swimmers in the service.