On trains in India during the 19th century, first-class and second-class had things "reserved for ladies." Third-class, and later fourth, had "women only." One tea planter, arriving in India, had it impressed on him by the British whom he met, that only dire financial exigency would allow him, being British, to take a second-class ticket; if he could possibly afford a first-class, he had to take it, and of course, third was impossible.
A Chinese emperor banned Manichaeism, and then Buddhism, Christianity, and Zoroastrianism with the stated reason of increasing the supply of money: bells and statues were to be melted down for coins.( Collapse )