Sherring, Matthew A.
The sacred city of the Hindus: an account of Benares in ancient and modern times — London, 1868

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Source of the great wealth of Benares—Its chief articles of Commerce—
Its native Bankers—Its Poor.—Increased desire for Education.—The
Government or Queen's College.—Monolith in the College Grounds.
—The Normal School.—The Church of England Mission.—The
London Society's Mission.—The Baptist Society's Mission.— Native
Schools of various classes.—The Benares Institute.—Public Buildings
in the Suburbs.—Monument to Mr. Cherry.—Influential Native Gen-
tlemen of Benares.

Benakes is a city of great wealth, yet not of great
trade. Just as there are fashionable places of resort
in more civilized countries, to which multitudes of per-
sons are drawn at certain seasons of the year, so, in
India, there are places that are annually visited by
crowds of people, but with this difference, that they
are of nearly all ranks and conditions, and their object
is, mainly, of a religious character. Of this type is
Benares. Myriads of Hindus come on pilgrimage, every
year, to the sacred city, not a few of whom are mer-
chants, landed proprietors, and princes. Some of these
latter classes are casual visitors; others, however, possess
residences of their own in the city, where trusty ser-
vants, and, perhaps, one or two members of their
families, habitually dwell. Eajas and men of high
social position, in all parts of India, pride themselves
on having a house in Holy Kasi. For these reasons,
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