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  • Though the streets of Bangkok are crowded with vehicles of every description -- ramshackle and disreputable rickshaws, the worst to be found in all the East, drawn by sweating coolies; the boxes of wood and glass on wheels, called gharries, drawn by decrepit ponies whose harness is pieced out with rope; creaking bullock carts driven by

    Where the Strange Trails Go Down Sulu, Borneo, Celebes, Bali, Java, Sumatra, Straits Settlements, Malay States, Siam, Cambodia, Annam, Cochin-China

  • We started in quaint little box-like carriages, called gharries, long before the fierce Malayan sun had risen above the palms, accomplishing the fourteen miles across the beautiful island in little over an hour.

    Tales of the Malayan Coast From Penang to the Philippines

  • Rahula was to be a catalyst that began to haunt and torment Siddhartha; he set about questioning his father and those around him about the world outside of the thick veiled gharries, masked balls, indoor arenas and palace walls.

    Buddhism: A beginners guide: Part 2

  • Who flew past in their gold leafed and sheer silk veiled gharries drawn by prancing, immaculately groomed and decorated horses, whipped by giants of men richly dressed in fine silks and leathers.

    Buddhism: A beginners guide: Part 2

  • These are instances of unnecessary work, for there is no real need for gharries and rickshaws; they only exist because Orientals consider it vulgar to walk.

    Down and Out in Paris and London

  • The Klings make splendid boatmen, they drive gharries, run as syces, lend small sums of money at usurious interest, sell fruit, keep small shops, carry “chit books,” and make themselves as generally useful as their mediocre abilities allow.

    The Golden Chersonese and the way thither

  • A good many roads have been made in the State, and the Chinese are building buggies, gharries, and wagons, and many of the richer ones own them and import Sumatra ponies to draw them.

    The Golden Chersonese and the way thither

  • There was a general stampede ashore as soon as we moored, and gharries — covered spring carts — drawn by active little Sumatra ponies, and driven by natives of Southern India, known as Klings, were immediately requisitioned, but nothing came of it apparently, and when I came back at sunset I found that, after an hour or two of apparently purposeless wanderings, all my fellow-passengers had returned to the ship, pale and depressed.

    The Golden Chersonese and the way thither

  • In a shed there were three gharries, and behind the house several small houses for slaves and others.

    The Golden Chersonese and the way thither

  • After a time three gharries arrived, and Mr. Innes and I went in one, the two other gentlemen in another, and Sultan

    The Golden Chersonese and the way thither


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  • "A column on the march in India presented a particularly colourful spectacle. Behind the orderly column of soldiers trailed a disorderly, clamorous army of servants, followers and wives. Syces (grooms) rode the officers' spare ponies or drove their gharries (pony traps) while others perched on top of the camels and elephants used to transport heavy baggage. Behind them came the water carriers, grass cutters, cooks, sweepers and washerwomen, bullock carts with squeaking wheels and drivers cracking their whips and shouting curses. The rear guard followed behind, restoring some semblance of military orderliness to the tip of this extraordinary tail."

    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 56

    May 5, 2010