Les derniers jours de Pékin

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Author: Pierre Loti (Julien Viauld)
Language: French
Wordcount: 75,594 / 255 pg
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 734
Added to site: 2009.08.02
mnybks.net#: 24868
Genre: Travel
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Et cela nous présage de tristes et difficiles jours, car, sur cette rade incertaine qui devient dangereuse en une heure, il va falloir débarquer des milliers de soldats envoyés de France, des milliers de tonnes de matériel de guerre; sur l'eau remuée, il va falloir promener tant de monde et tant de choses, dans des chalands, dans des canots, par les temps glacés, même par les nuits noires, et les conduire à Takou, par-dessus la barre changeante du fleuve.

Organiser toute cette périlleuse et interminable circulation, ce sera là surtout, pendant les premiers mois, notre rôle, à nous marins,--rôle austère, épuisant et obscur, sans apparente gloire...


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A NING-HAÏ

3 octobre 1900.

Dans le fond du golfe de Petchili, la grève de Ning-Haï, éclairée par le soleil levant. Des chaloupes sont là, des vedettes, des baleinières, d

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