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H In tho Grand Dnlnl I.nnm of Thibet
H Great Britain lias the strnnRust enemy
m eho has ever had.
H Thibet llos on the (dopes of the
h Himalayas, nnd haH a totnt area of
H about CfiO.OOO square miles,
H with a population of six mil-
H Ilonn. Its capital In Lhasa (which
H means "God's ground"), nnd is the
H metropolis of tho Huddhlst world. Do-
H cauBO It Is situated at n holRlit of
B nearly twclvo thousand feet nbovo the
H levol of tho sea. It Is often referred
B to as the "roof of the world."
H It Is the ambition or adventurous En-
H ropcan travelers to make their way
M Into Lhasa, and solve many of tho
H mysteries which surround the sacred
M city, but only throo have over dono so
H and come out alive. No living Euro-
B pean has ever seen the Grand t.ania.
B Only ono Englishman ever got to
B Lhasa and came back again, and that
B was Thoinns Manning, a great friend
H of Charles Lamb, In 1811.
Hj However, at various times Indians
B nnd Chliicso have got there more or
B less In British interohts. and tho In-
H dla Ofllco has a special secret service
H In its employment, the mombers of
B which have, at terrllilc risks, obtained
B information which has been duly
B pigeonholed, so that, though wo havo
M not seen Thlbot nor its famous Grand
B Lnma, wo nro not by any means Iguo-
B rant concerning either.
B Lama simply moans priest, and tho
H Grand Lama is tho head of all tho
M thousands, of priests with which tho
B capital city abounds. Tho whole
M country is divided Into four sections,
B called "lings," and a lama rules over
M each of them. Tho Grand Lama is as-
B Bistort In his government "y a council,
B consisting of a Prime Minister nnd
BBB nine other ronrcscntatlvos, including
M a minority of laymen. Two "am-
B bans," or Chinese residents, are tho
B only omclnls stationed In tho city In
M an ambassadorial capacity, Though
M tho govemmont Is nominally a theoc-
H racy entirely religious, that Is tho
M man who really makes tho wheels go
H round in Thibet Is the I'rlmo Minister,
B or Gyalpo, as ho is called.
B Tho relations existing between tho
B a rand Lama and his Gyalpo nro as
H . peculiar as they are interesting nllo-
H pother too much so, ono would Imag-
B lno, for tho peace of mind of tho
M former. It somehow bceaino a tradl-
B tlon, which Is now regarded as in-
m vlolnblo, that tho Grand Lnma shall
H never live long, nnd tradition nowa-
B days further llxcs his departure from
H tills world at Rome dnto between his
H thirteenth nnd flfteonth years. Thoro
B Is really no physical reason why tho
B head of tho State should not live us
B long ns any other Inhabitant of tho
M sacred city, but as tho Thibetans
B would soon bo In n stnto of panic nnd
B fear that tho end of tho world had
B come If ho did ho, tradition requires
B caroful management, which is oxer-
M clscd by the Gyalpo.
M A point in his favor nt tho ontsot
H is that it Is decreed that tho manner
B of tho Lama's denth shall always bo
m unknown, but that tho fundamental
H cnuso of It shall bo a mysterious dls-
vcl that he should bo so exnetly what
tho Gyalpo had said he would bo.
Then ho Is taken oIT to tho great pal
ace, or pntaln, and duly Installed as
tho new Grand Lnma. Tlicro is no
doubt that the Gynlpo has proviouslj
arranged all details concerning mo
finding of this child. The people be
llovo It to be in effect tho samo Grand
Lama all tho tlmo merely a change
of spirit from one body to another.
Ho Is only consulted In stnto matters
In nn emcrgoncy, nnd then his word
Is tho last to bo said on any question.
Tho Gynlpo holds his office for Ufo;
any other arrangement might lead to
Though a religious potentate, tho
Orand Lnma has many lively distrac
tions, and it is said that ono of his
predecessors Indulged In dissipations
to n scnndnloUB extent. Amongst tho
chief festivities In which ho partici
pates Is a kind of lama carnival,
which lasts for fifteen days nt tho
beginning of each year, On tho sec
ond dny ho gives a grand banquet, nnd
on tho third there nro sports. Ono of
theso which Is called tho "dance
of tho gods," and which tho Grand
Lama never fails to witness consists
or n long cablo of leathern thongs bo
Ing stretched from ono of tho pinna
cles of the palace to tho ground far
bolow, and down this steep slopo two
mnu, lying on their chests, nnd
spreading tholr arms out as If thoy
wcro swimming, slide with tho speed
of nn arrow. Occasionally tboy nro
killed In tho process.
On tho thirteenth dny of tho second
month of tho year tho Grand Lima
undergoes a kind of annual vindica
tion. A poor Thibetan Is hired to play
tho part of a demon. Ho is dressed
In weird fashion, nnd his fnco U
painted In n mottle of black and white.
He Is met by a roprosentntlvo of tho
Grand Lama, nnd tho two cngago In
what Is supposed to bo theological
argument, In which tho Grand Lama's
nun scores heavily.
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H Thibetan Travel'nrj Merchant and Wife.
H ease which doos not afflict other per-
H sons. Hero Is tho Gyalo's chanco.
H When, In his opinion, tho psychologl
H cal moment has arrived for n chnngo
H of Grand Lamas, ho announces to the
B people that the spirit has passed from ,
H the ono upon whom it had rested for '
H tho past few years, nnd vio was now I
H no more, and that it had descondnd
H upon t llttlo child, whom thoy would
H And in a locality in tho. city which
H ho definitely Indicated, giving at tho
H same tlmo nn exact description of tho
Hj They f.o in search nf him, nnd mar-
Plowing with Buffalo.
Then thoy ngreo to decldo nil ques
tions In dlsputo by resort to dlco, nnd
tho Grand Lama has nover be;n
known to lose, becnuso tho dlco nro
always loaded. It would bo nn appal
ling omen If he did, and It has to ho
offcctually guarded npalnst. Tho
lU'inon, In his dlscomflturo, Is marched
off amidst exocratlons and blows, nnd
imver lives long nfterwnrds. The
Roofer ho dies, tho hotter Is tho omen
Tnko tlmo for recreation or you will
work yoursolf nut of a Job.
NOT A DANGEROUS REPTILE.
Anacondas of South America Are Com- J
paratlvely Harmless. i
William C. Agle, who has spnt -
many years In South America, upsets '.
many old notions about dangerous f
roptllos, says tho Philadelphia In-
qulrer. Whon he first went to South
America ho hnd tho conventional pic- '.
tures In his mind of men being crush-
ed nnd swallowed by nnacondno and f
"Years ago," he said, "I read nn ac- '.
count written by n naturalist of these
monsters In tholr native state, colling
and uncoiling themselves llko light- ',
ning, nnd coughing nnd hissing with '.
such a roar as could bo compared t
only to tho exhaust of a powerful f,
Bteam engine. - f
"'What Is tho truth about theso -
mysterious reptiles?' I havo asked (
nearly evory native I met in tho South f
American countries If ho had over j
over seen a boa or nn nnacondn. Most
of them had not. To those who had '.
I put tho quostlon: f
" 'Whnt do thoy look llko?'
"And tho answer was always: 'Their
movement Is very, very slow, nnd
thoy aro not ferocious.'
"I met nn nnaconda on tho upper 1
Maranon, a great black and yellow
snake, all colled up. I drew my re- .
volver and fired at tho coll. Instead
of tho terrlblo convulsions of which I 1
had read, tho coll rolled over, re- i
malncd stationary a moment, then ,
rolled back and lay as before. I fired
again. The coll sank slowly In the
water and disappeared. i '
"Those snakes can easily bo domes- i
ttcatod. Somo mon ran upon nn an- ,
nconda In tho woods near tho rubber
camp. Thoy throw a flsh not over It
nnd brought it to camp, whero they '
let It go. It crawled away Into the
river, but enmo back ofton and
crawled around tho yard so much that
thoy got tired of looking at It. So
they put It in n box nnd sont It to
Iqultos. Wo measured It; It was just
24 foot C inches long."
Wanted a Change. t
Tho Itov. S. P. Cadman of Brooklyn
tells this story of n young matron of
his congregation who Is earnest In her
eudeavor to Instill rollglous Ideas Into
tho childish mind of hor dnughtor. A3
a prayer this llttlo ono was taught to
lisp a stanza of tho hymji j
Jomis, tender Shepherd, hear me, I
nica Thy llttlo Inrnb to-nlRht;
Throunh tho lnrl;nean bo TIioii near me,
Keep me erifo tilt morning light. '
And among tho rhymes of tho nur
sery was ono about "a llttlo man who
had a llttlo pig, which was neither
very little, nor jot very big." Whon
It enmo tlmo for tho ovonlng devo
tions ono night tho small girl said to
her mother: I
"Mamma, don't lot's say that ono i
nbout tho llttlo lamb to-ulght. Let's
Eay tho ono about tho llttlo pig." Now
Microbes In Old Furniture.
Fear of microbes seems to havo
spread to tho possessors of old furiil-1
turo. which during a long Ufa nnd un-1
known experiences may havo col
lected tho germs of disoaBc. Rccontl
n cautious lady In London who hnd
been studying tho modlcnl warnings
Inherited a Shornton table.- Sho would
not admit It to tier lionso, but sont
It off to a cabinet maker's with or
ders that an oxnet replica bo made,
tho original table being offered In pay
ment. If this lady's crazo for now
and Innocuous furnlturo spreads, thcro
should bo good times In storo for tho
i cabinetmakers, as woll as for collec
tors who prefer tho risk of microbes
to tho certainty of shoddy.
Lady's Frog Farm.
Hot tho least curious of businesses
In which women nro engaged Is that
entored upon by Miss Monn Sholdon
of Friendship, Now Jersey, who has
started n frog farm upon a twenty
aero patch of swamp. Hor frocs are,
of course, of tho edlblo variety, whoso
hind logs nro bolovod of tho gourmet,
and thoy find In cosmopolitan Amcrlcn
a ready salo. Miss Sholdon Is said
to make a clear $2,600 a year out of
hor reptilian stock-ln-trado.
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