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娱乐平台As this is one of the singularities of China, so they may beallowed to excel in it; but I am very sure they excel in theiraccounts of it; for they told me such incredible things of theirperformance in crockery-ware, for such it is, that I care not torelate, as knowing it could not be true. They told me, inparticular, of one workman that made a ship with all its tackle andmasts and sails in earthenware, big enough to carry fifty men. Ifthey had told me he launched it, and made a voyage to Japan in it,I might have said something to it indeed; but as it was, I knew thewhole of the story, which was, in short, that the fellow lied: soI smiled, and said nothing to it. This odd sight kept me two hoursbehind the caravan, for which the leader of it for the day fined meabout the value of three shillings; and told me if it had beenthree days journey without the wall, as it was three days within,he must have fined me four times as much, and made me ask pardonthe next council-day. I promised to be more orderly; and, indeed,I found afterwards the orders made for keeping all together wereabsolutely necessary for our common safety.娱乐详情