He appeared, however, only once at its conferences, owing to his age and to disappointment at the comparative failure of his work.
The comparative scantiness of its sources, the steepness of its upper course and the rapid evaporation which takes place after the short rainy season would make the Senegal an insignificant stream for more than half the year; but natural dams cross the channel at intervals and the water accumulates behind them in deep reaches, which thus act as reservoirs.
Rafferty in Journal of the Society of Comparative Legislation, New Series, xvii., xx.
Brunn, whose comparative method in art-criticism he much developed.
Thrice only did he visit Europe between 1863 and 1902, the result of this long comparative isolation, and of his constant intercourse with the Peking officials, being that he learnt to look at events through Chinese spectacles; and his work, These from the Land of Sinim, shows how far this affected his outlook.