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THE CHINESE WAY
Hand print, above, and foot
Sprint, below, on Chinese divorce
It has been said that when
China starts a progressive move
ment it takes a very speedy men
tality to keep up with it.
Some years ago when the great
Bertillion and his associates be
thought themselves of the finger
print system of identification they
were elated at fiaving found a new
The Chinese, it was afterward
learned, have been using finger
prints for identification fpr per-
haps thousands of years. Now,
that China has become a republic
""and established trial by. jury
among other modern improve
ments, it is probable that the di
vorce courts over there will be
busy administering the new di
Among the provisions of the
Jaws will be found a very curious
section which requires that the
parties to the divorce shall not
only sign the papers, but must
also attach their finger prints.
This would seem sufficient, but
the Chinese have gone even a step
Not only must there be a finger
print of each of the parties, but
the judge 'requires a foot print
also. So that a Ghinese divorce
paper recently filed contains the
signatures, as shown in the illus
trations, and the finger and. foot
prints of the applicant for marital
Why He Was Interested.
A little boy was very ill andjiis
companions living in the same
street had been asked not to make
a noise. The invalid's mother re
ceived a visit from one of the lads.
"How is he today?" he inquired
"He is" better, thank you, my
dear. What a thoughtful child
you are to come and ask."
"I'm orful sorry Jimmy is ill,"
the boy said.
The mother was touched. She
could -find no further words to
say, but simply kissed him.
Made still further sure of his
ground by the caress, the youth
ful caller began to back down the
steps. At the bottom of the steps
he halted and looked up.
"If Jimmy should die," he
asked, "kin I haye his drum?"
Everybody likes a little praise
now and then even the hired