Handbook of the Swatow Vernacular/Notes—Hostilities
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- Tong-kok kah Hô-lan-se sie-thâi
- War between China and France.
- Tî-tiâng thâi-iâⁿ?
- Who has won the victory?
- Huân-lióu būe-tsai
- We don't know yet.
- Hô-lan-se kâi-piaⁿ lâi būe-tsôi
- The French troops have not all arrived yet.
- In nāⁿ-sĩ lâi-tsôi
- If they all have come out, they will go direct to the capital;
- Tõ-hṳ́--kō su-iâⁿ
- And there, it will be either won or lost.
- Hīn-sî tõ Tâi-uân--kō ũ sie-thâi
- At present there are battles going on in Formosa.
- Koi-lâng khoih Hô-lan-se phah--khṳ̀-lō
- Keelung is taken by the French.
- Tõ-hié kâi phâu-thâi lông-tsóng khṳt i kâi chiên-tsûn bū tiòu
- All the forts there have been bombarded by their war vessels.
- I kâi tsûn kâi-chhèng ũ-kâi tūa-ki kùe phâu-thâi--kâi
- Some of the guns of their ships are larger than those of the forts there.
- I káu-chiah chièn-tsûn chiũ khṳ̀ bū Hok-chiu
- They had nine vessels, and they went to bombard Foochow.
- Tn̂g-nâng kâi chièn-tsûn lóng-tsóng tîm--khṳ̀
- The Chinese war vessels were all sunk.
- Put-kùe chék-chiah tsáu--khṳ̀, chék-chiah tóh-húe
- With the exception of one vessel that escaped, and one vessel on fire.