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A REVERIE.
BY EDWARD O. AT.T.AN80B.
X ?m drifting away In a beautiful bark
Far out on a boundless sea,
And the sweep of the waves o'er the sounding
deep
Tine a wwcfiVfil r>V?oT?m frvr mfi.
But the heart that is sheltered with purple
and gold
Is cold In its 6plendor and pride,
nd the waves In their revelry mock a*
they pass.
And bitterness sweeps with the tide.
There are beautiful Isles and bowers of love,
And glist'ning fountains of tears:
And pitiful wrecks of sorrow and shame
That pass with the fleeting years.
om trenrhfiTouB dcnths where the
waters whirl,
Where hate and sorrow stay,
Where the shattered wrecks on the breakers
of fate
Are silently drifting away.
They are drifting away to rest with the
yeare
Where the sunlight has faded and gone,
To wake in the morn at the Judgment bar
In the light of eternity's dawn.
Oh, voice6 of love, that falter and break,
And speak of tho past ever more,
Tour echoes lead on 'neath the day-star of
hope
Till they break on eternity's shore.
1 Anita, Iowa.
Hw TllfV?r? w+mn nllinniATi
Dr.??lMUll
B RemarKable Romance.
a m
BY EMILY THORNTON.
CHAPTER XIII.
THE EVENING TASKAs
an elegant clock, with old cathedral
ehimes, struck the hour of ten, Ethel,
with a pale face, and trembling hand,
lighted a candle, possessed herself of the
etrange-looking knife, then opening the
wardrobe, and drawing back the bolt,
^ stepped into the passago and from thence
through the small door in the opposite
wall.
As this opened, she looked timidly
around for the entrance to the ruined
rooms in which she was to find the
basket of food.
8he found herself as soon as the small
passage was left, in a long, straight,
dark gallery or corridor, that led directly
to what Sir Reginald assured her
was the Haunted Tower. At the end
wrrKo??<i chnwovor rm t.ho
hand side, was a door, fastened with an
old-fashioned iron hook. This led to
ruin, and with a beating heart she
opened it.
CJcs3 by the door sho found a small
covered basket that she knew must contain
what she sought
Grasping it quickly she again fastened
the door, as Sir Reginald had instructed
her to do, and passed down the corridor,
'fr "There she found tbe entrance to the
tower, and resolving to take some
bright, sunshiny day to visit this spot,
she turned, as she had been directed, to
count out tho number of panels on the I
left-band wall, and immediately discov- !
erod the faint crack that she knew must i
be what she sought. Inserting tbe point I
of the knife, she turned three times, j
wh$n the panels parted and there lay the
shelves.
I Opening then the basket, 6he found
food in small pieces, consisting of broken
biscuits, bits of chicken, potatoes, and
quite a quantity of meat cut in mouthfuls.
This sho placed on the shelves
upon the .wooden plate upon which it j
was heaped. Then gently shoving the [
shelves, they slowly whirled around, and i
when the same side returned to her the !
plate stood upon it empty, ready to be j
placed again in the basket.
"That ape must have been trained." I
she thought, "to empty the plate and ]
return it!"
Then she inwardly smilod at his intelligence.
Sho listened for a moment, but all was
still. Shoving to the panels, she found
that they reiocked themselves, so taking
up candlestick, knife and basket, she !
placed tho latte#agaiust the outside door,
fastened it securely, and reached her |
own room in safetv.
Once bolted in, the poor girl gave a j
Bigh of relief, and dropped into a chair '
tq calm herself before she could nrojeed 1
^let'jrr. tho candle a^ knife (c their
places.
i*- -Tile task required of hei had been a
singularly unpleasant one. She was &
brave young girl, and had endured but
few feelings of fear, but she had trembled,
becauso the thing requirod so much
ecrccy.
She disliked mysteries of all kinds, and
her honest, open nature revolted from
the whole work.
Had she not solemnly promised her ;
aunt to assist the baronet in any serv- I
ice be might require, in order tbus to j
aecure & safe home and just guardian- j
ahip, she would .never have consented to !
the task she had now formed.
"However," she reflected, "there i9 j
certainly nothing wrong in a man's j
keeping secret his possession of a valua- i
ble animal as long as he could attend |
to his wants himself." But when he i
could not, she thought his best mode I
would have been to send for its owner.
But where was the owner?
Probably so far off that the creature
.it. .? i? ?!
WOUJQ UIO UQIU33 \JtMCU iUl) uuoj uv;o
there really seemed no other way.
All this did not distress her so much as
the words Sir Reginald had said about
the Haunted Tower. This duty was*
easy and simple, and, as far as she could
gee, silly, but not wicked; but pretending
a place haunted, and using strange
lights and machinery to keep up the evil
appearance therein, she felt was deceitful
and wrong, and she shuddered as she
thought of his words, that after awhile
he should require this assistance at her
hands.
She did,not fancy, as has been said,
any part or her evening tasks, but that I
. -i? -i.~ I
was almost more man sue wum uuuvi
take.
But how could she avoid it now, when
her word had been pledged? how refuse
at the time, when urged by a nervous,
suffering, and unstrung human being
just terribly wounded, whose life almost
depended on being kept perfectly quiet?
In view of his fearful situation, she
felt that she could do no less than undertake
to relieve him of his intense anxieties
on the subject, and could see no way
of shirking the obligations laid upon
ber.
One thins, however, she decided to do,
she should take some morning hour to
?<Vw. onlnii oiirt 1 liat Flaunted
CAfJJUIU k>UC 1 MIKO, UUM
Tower, 90 that she might become accustomed
to all the dangers and peculiarities
of the place before other offices were required
at her hand9.
With this resolution still in her mind,
fihe restored the candle and knife to the
secret drawer, and then sought the luxurious
bed that awaited awaited her, aud
there fell at once into a nleasant sleep,
from wLicti sLe~ii6Ter aroused until the
bright ra^s of another morning sun stole
v into her room.
Springing up, she dressed as soon as
possible, and opening her door found, by
' Questioning a. maid. th&t_the family did
not rise until lale, a? their "breakfast
hour was from ten to eleven.
All being quiet in the room of the invalid,
she returned to her own apartment,
and fastening the door securely,
resolved at once to start upon her exploring
expedition, as she felt that she
would be for at least an hour and a half
unobserved and mistress of her own time
and motions.
Tt was now naif after eight.
With a little of the trembling nervousness
of the night before the brave girl
opened the intervening doors and stepped
into the corridor.
All was folded in the same solemn still
ness that made the place oppressive on
the previous night.
She resolved to explore the ruined
parts before she sought the tower, therefore
unhooked the door and stepped out.
As she did so she noticed that the covered
basket was still there.
The door opened directly into a small
rickety hall that led into several large
rooms, all dusty, moldy, and more or less
dilapidated. Broken windows, torn wall
papers, bare rafters, seen through immense
places where ceilings had fallen,
were every where visible. Some rooms
were filled with broken furniture, pieces
of old china, and fragments of time-worn,
cast-off clothing.
All, even the floors, were in an advanced
state of decay.
Ethel looked at these dilapidated objects
and found herself wondering why
Sir Reginald had not had the whole
pulled down and removed? Its destruction
certainly would heighten the value ;
of property, while jts presence only spoke
of neglect and untidiness.
One thing she observed in her ramble
there was an easy mode of egress and <
ingress to this part into the hall, and i
marks of recent footsteps on the floor <
told that this formed the entrance place (
to the person who prepared and bought
the food she was nightly to place on the .
; iron shelves. <
Another thing struck her; in all the
premises there was not the slightest ap- (
pearance of the concealed room, in which .
she knew the treasure was secreted.
Only a bare, blank wall appeared upon :
the side where she knew it must be.
T> j-xiyn rr VAM C + AWC Q 11 }l Q fl h/JOn
XVCbia^JU^ iiU oitpo aiwi uu Iiiuu wwu |
examined, she unfastened the door, and ,
then sought the Haunted Tower.
The door leading to this was closed, j
but not bolted, so she opened it, and j
crossing quite a large square place, she j
began ascending a long flight of stairs. ,
The steps were steep, and not at all '
easy, and she became very tired before
she reached the top, but pressing on, she
did reach it, but not before she paused to f
rest upon a broad, flat landing; paused, ,
too, with horror, at an unexpected sight
that there presented itself. .
It was the stuffed image of a man, ]
fixed upon wires, that worked upon the j
same principle as the jumping-jacks ?
often bought to amuse children.
This, however, was nearly as large as f
life; Its head was hollow, with red glass ?
in place where the eyes would be, so
tfcat a ligntea glass jamp, piacea wiimn, {
would give a flaming appearance to those ?
eyes. j
From each side horns projected, and t
she could easily imagine what the whole j
terrific effect must be to an outside be- ]
hoWer. This ficute, sh? saw, could be
elevated and put ic motion by winding 8
up a crank to which it was attached.
Arrangements for different colored j
lights were also on every hand.
After carefully examining all the ma- g
chi'nery until she perfectly understood ^
its workings and the wnole wicked plan j
to give supernatural appearance to the
tower, Etnel passed upward until she g
could gaze without hindrance upon the
tall windows of this lofty placo. .
Then exclamations of delight escaped D
her, for there she could catch an unobstructed
view of the grand panorama that a
stretched for miles and miles away on a
every side.
But she did not linger, fearing she j
would be seen by some of the villagers, j,
and her presence reported to Sir Reg- v,
inald.
This visit she knew would be displeas- I ^
ing to him, if he wished it to be a place [ $
that should fill every heart with fear, in ; ^
order to keop visitors from it by day as ^
well as by night. c
After, then, one more glance around
on the glorious scene that lay before ?
her, she descended, glad that she had c
been there, had seen the true inwardness
of the Dlace, for now it certainly
could never have a feeling of terror with
which to inspire her heart.
Let any person ever speak to her of the
fearful sights seen in that lonely Haunted
Tower, she could turn away unawed,
knowing the whole thing to be a de- ,
ception, a heartless imposition, a wicked /
fraud.
CHAPTER XIV. J
DAILY PROGRESS. '
Day after day passed, during which J
Ethel bccame quite accustomed to her
routine of work,and quietly persevered 1
in her duties.
. JJothing_difficult lo accomplish was j ]
But this morning he seemed to linger j
and converse quite freely upon many of (
the topics of the day. Finally he com- j
menced giving an account of the severe ; <
storm that had swept over the country ;
the night before the baronet's accident i
and ended by relating his own adventures
and what he nad seen in the tower.
"Sir Reginald, I thought I would tell
you this and ask if you can explain tho r
meaning of the spectacle then manifested?"
"I cannot," was the reply Ethel j i
watched for with anxiety. "I am told by i
people far and near of strange appear- j ^
ances in that tower, but I have never
seen anything of the kind there myself,
therefore put no faith in the story."
"uut you may oeueve me, sir, wuwu j.
assure you such things are really to be
seen there. Now. in order to satisfy my 1
mind and perhaps enable" me to ex'plam
the mystery to the frightened inhabitants,
I crave your kind permission to
visit the premises. Have I that permission?"
"It is impossible for me to grant it.
When these things were first whispered
about twenty-five years ago, we, as a |
family, were exceedingly annoyed by j
constant visitors to the spot, and the
thing became so much of a nuisance that I
It- was closed forever from all inspection.
No. you must not ask this. Doctor, as I
required at ner hands; hotMng oeyona
spending a couple of hours each morning
in her own room, writing letters, of ,
which an abstract was taken from Sir ,
"Reginald's own lips; then an hour or
two, just as he felt inclined, reading the ,
daily papers for his amusement. 1
Very often would he find a chance to
whisper the question:
"Do yon perform your evening tasks I
regularly and well? Does all go on as
safely as I could wish?"
Then when the answer came, "All goes
nroii " hp wrmld sfcm so satisfied and re- I
J licved that she felt almost happy in givI
ing the information.
! About a month after her arrival at
| Glendenning Hall, she had been reading
! one afternoon a work in which he was
particularly interested, when she was
j Interrupted by the entrance of Dr. Elfen!
stein.
I As the baronet mouonea 10 ner 10 re- i
j main where she was during the inter- |
I view, the regular nurse being absent. ;
| and as the Doctor might need some thinp9 j
j from bcr hand, she became interested in |
1 the conversation which ensued.
Now. Dr. Elfcnstein was rather a
i small talker, and this natural reserve
tended to make his professional Interviews
at the Hall brief, and usually cou'
fined closely to his medical work.
cannot consent to tEe placFbelng entered
after being so long sealed. As it is, take
my word for it and be satisfied. It is
merely a vagary of the brain, an optical
delusion, something better to be forgotten.
Dr. Elfenstein Baid no more, but inwardly
resolved to pay a surreptitious
visit there, if not a permitted one, as
this mystery he determined should be unraveled.
As he rose to leave, he happened to
glance toward the young girl opposite to
him, and saw her head bent low over the
book she held, while a sad and pained
expression had floated over her speaking
face.
Bidding them good-morning, he rode
away, woDderfng" "why Mfss NevergaiT
should have seemed so deeply moved?"
4 .1 - Ji i? J 1 J ? J
Alter loe reoumg u?u wuuuueu, uuo
baronet said be would excuse her further
attendance upon him, therefore she
started out for a ramble over the grounds.
She had not gone far before she regretted
having done so. as she wa9 Joined
a short distance from the house by Robert
G-lendenning, a man she instinctively
disliked.
This afternoon he seemed particularly
disagreeable, as he fell into his usual
patronizing way, only embellishing it by
gross and fulsome flattery.
The truth was this young man was a
great admirer of a pretty face, and from
the first look into Ethel's speaking eyes,
and upon her rare beauty, he had acknowledged
that he had never seen a
person that so exactly met the standard
of the beautiful he had raised in his soul.
But her proud bearing in his presence,
her shrinking from his approach, gave
Buch evidence of her dislike that he felt
Irritated, and consequently determined
to annoy her in every way possible dur'
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lag ner stay ui tub nan, tuiuugu a aym*
of teasing.
This flattery, he saw at once, was utterly
distasteful, therefore persevered in
Its use.
"0 my dear Miss Nevergail, the fates
certainly have befriended me, this time!
To think that I should have met thus
your beautiful self, just as you start on
i ramble, is too fortunate for belief!
Which direction shall be go, for I at onco
constitute myself your devoted attendant?"
"Mr. Glendooning, you will excuse me.
If I decline your services. I came out
tor a quiet walk by myself, and therefore
shall not certainly trespass upon
pour time."
"Pardon me. my angel, my time is of
30 consequence at all. I must insist
upon accompanying you, as I could never
illow so lovely a lady to stroll around
without a protector."
"Sir," said Ethel, now really losing
patience, "there is no danger certainly
;o be met with in your uncle's grounds.
But since you aver otherwise, I shall in
stantly return."
So sayinR, the young girl wheeled
ibout, and began rapidly to retrace her
iteps.
"You will do no such thing," was the
nsolent reply, as Robert sprang to her
lide, seized her hand, and drawing it
irmly under his arm, hold it tight, and
bus drew her back to the walk. "When
: propose walking with a charming girl,
! usually do it."
"Whether your presence prove agreeing
,<?r no?"
"Whether my presence prove agreea>le
or no."
"Sir, release my hand. I have no doire
to eo further. I shall merely add
hat your presence is disagreeable, and
'our words of flattery almost insulting."
"Notwithstanding that, my dearest
;irl "
"I am neither your 'dearest girl' nor
our 'angel,'' and you have ho "rTghlTo
address me in that style. I am your
incle's secretary and amanuensis, and
,m here merely to carry out his wishes,
;nd work, not to be attended by you
n any way whatever," returned the
ndignant Ethel, once more disengaging
ler hand, and retreating toward the
louse.
"Miss Nevergail, go, since you are so
letermined, but remember, although you
[ocline my frienship, nothing you may
o will provoke my enmity, and before
aany days you will spend hours in my
ompany voluntarily."
Ethel made no answer, and the next
A * 1 1 11 1 1 A I
aomenv re-eiiierwu tue iiitu, jeaving uie
hagrined youth to his bitter reflections.
ITO BE CONTINUED. 1
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TEMPERANCE.
;>
THE r>BrXKAED*S DAUGHTER.
)ut in the street with naked feet,
I saw the hapless drunkard's daughter;
3er tattered shawl was thin and small;
Sne little knew, for no one taught her.
Ter skin was fair?her auburn haic
Was blown about her pretty forehead ;
ler sad. white face, wore sorrow's trace, t
And want and woo that were not borrowed.
Jeart-broken child, she seldom smiled,
Hope promised her no bright to-morrow ;
)rif its light flashed on her night,
Then up came darker clouds of sorrow.
She softly said. '*We have no bread.
No wood to keep the fire a-burning
["he child was ill. the wind so chill
Her thin cold blood to ice was turning.
rhat long night fled, and then the light
Of rosy day, in beauty shining,
ripped dome and spire and roof with fire,
And shone on one beyond repining.
Vsleep?alone?as cold as stone.
Where no kind-hearted parent sought her;
[n winding sheet of snow and sleet,
Was found the lifeless drunkard's daughter.
?George W. Bungay.
WHEN HE BEGAT?.
Every drunkard will admit that when he
>egan to indulge he had no intention of beaming
a drunkard, but simply a moderate
Irinker. Then with these facts before us,
vhicb our owu observation will confirm, let
is ask, is it right or wrong to indulge the
labit when we know that our example may
ead others to do the same? Is it right or
vrong to deny ourselves when we know that
he habit often leads to physical and moral
lebnsement? Is it right or wrong to conlemu
the habit by word ami example and to
lse all lawful means in our power to stop it,
ind is organized or disorganized effort most
ikely to be successful in slopping it??Sac ed
Heart Review.
TEMPERANCE NEWS AND NOTES.
For every four shillings spent in England
:>n drink, only a half-penny is expended on
aducation.
Captain H. H. Siverd was recently shot
ind killed by a drunken joint-keeper while
trying to enforce the prohibitory law at
Wichita. Kansas.
Investigations show that color-blindnoss
is about twenty times as frequent among men
as among women, the difference being asscribed
to the use ot tobacco.
The boatmen, porters and water-sarriers
of Constantinople are famous for being the
strongest and finest set of men physically in
al! Europe. They never drank any kind of
intoxicating liquor.
It is said that the thirst for drink can be
stopped for a time by drinking four or Jive
glasses of water; as much, in fact, as the
stomach will hold. This is worth trying
when the thirst comes on, and a man foeis as
if h? must flrink.
Le Caron, the Government spy who came
to America to investigate the doings of the
Olan-na-Guel. says be was brought up in a
strictly teetotal family, and that heatiributed
his success as a spy to the temperance habits
he learned as a boy.
A larpe manufacturing firm in Cincinnati
recently made the following statement: "A
drinking man will turn out from twenty to
thirty per cent, less work than a nondrinker
; and, in addition. hi6 work is apt to
be defective and require overhauling."
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unim iioni ijir ?j,
PECULIAR CUSTOMS AS SEEN IN
THE CITY OF CANTON.
Pawnshops and Poultry StovesBirds'
Nests For Food?A Visit
to a Prison?Varioas Forms of
Punishment?An Execution.
"T~ VISITED Canton several times
I while at Hong Kong, staying from
1 one to two days each time, and
6 under the same gnide, Ah SiD,
writes Frederick Stearns in the Detroit
Free Press. This, as well as
other guides, knew some "pigeon English,
as it is termed, but as for any
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inteuigiDie expiu,xi?nuiie ui uiDiunuai i
objects, religious symbols or reasons
for most habits, ways and customs, they
seemed densely ignorant. I shall in
this writing give without close con
UCCUUJL1, OI" lii bUC BCIJUCUOD ooa Don
them, some interesting points.
The pawnshops are a striking feature
in the architecture of the city.
They are lofty (seventy feet or so),
about fifty feet square, brick, with
but few and small windows, and those
high up; a large doorway in one front
corner?sis feet?a strong wooden
partition, a barred opening in this
about five feet from the floor, behind
which Chinese clerks receive the
bundles of clothing or other things
which are offered in pawn for money.
These pawnshops exist under imperial
licenses of sixty years, for which a
large price is paid, as well as a moderate
annual tax. These places charge
from one and a hali to three per cent,
per month interest on the money
loaned on things in pawn, the limit
being two years. The city treasurer
loans money to the pawnbrokers at
twelve per cent, per annum, which
aids them in ready money capital. If
foilo 4-V*^ vAnfa era ro.
UUD paVTUOUVJk/ 1UUU vuv AVUVO mv *v
quired to make good the Government
loan at least. Some bad years, late in
the season, when the distressed poor
need the winter clothing and bedding
placed in pawn in the previous spring,
the Government interferes and compels
the pawnbrokers to reduce the
interest, so that really the system is
under some sort of control. In Canton
there are over a hundred of these
pawnshops; in the province over a
thousand.
The flouring mills arc common and
primitive enough. One?Hop Sing's
?a narrow but deep building, in one
lofty story, has twelve run of stone,
not cased in at all, each about thirty
inches in diameter; the lower stone
fixed, the upper one revolving, the
grain fed in a centre hole in the upper
stone; a scoopful at intervals runs
as coarse meal from the middle of the
edge. The power was in shape of
blindfolded oxen, blinded so that the
short circle they tread, going round
and round for hours, would not make
them dizzy. To keep the droppings
of the animals from contaminating the
flour and mill, tubs were tied under
them. The sifting of the flour from
the bran was done by a simple sieve
or bolt.
One whole street is devoted to preserving
eces. mostlv rather small
w -/ V
ducks' eggs, which, as offered for sale,
look like lumps of soft mud. The process,
I understand, consiets of pickling
them in a paste of wood ashes,
common salt and lime, wet with water
aromatised by boiling cedar or fir
leaves in it; after some days of this
they will keep almost indefinitely.
Near this is'a poultry street, where
fowls?ducks, geese, as well as many
kinds of game birds, including owls
and storks?are sold alive, with eyelids
sewed up to keep them. quiet; and
here I should mention that enormous
quantities of ducks' eggs are hatched
by artificial means by special persons,
who sell the young as soon as out to
; certain boatmen, whose business it is
to feed and raise the ducklings. These
I boatmen have broad, verv low boats,
on each 6ide of which are bamboo
coops to accommodate sometimes
3000 birds. At first they are fed with
boiled rice and similar food, but they
soon get so as to forage for themselves.
These duck villages float around the
shallow places, where at low tide they
are let out on to the flat and where
they find abundant food in the mud
and shallow water, and from which
CHJNESI
they return promptly to the boat fit a
given signal, with a perfect rush, as
the laggards are sure to come in for a
beating.
The coffin stores are abundant, and
a good coffin is a costly thing?when
of precious wood, a thousand dollars ;
and it is one of the proper things for
a Bon to crive his father a nice coffin
ns ft birthday gift on the close of any
decade in his life alter fifty. They are
of the form of the lower trunk of a
tree, and, indeed, consist of the trunk*
of two trees, including the spread at
the root. Each trunk is sawed into
two planks lengthwise, and the four
planks bo joined edgewise ae to afford
wpace for the body; that is, the Bide
1 h . ...
.
V
edges of the planks are fitted bo tl
plain snrfaceB are at right angles
each other, the convex surfaces or
side; a square panel is placed in ea<
end. It takes six to eight coolies
carry one of these; they are smoo
outside, and sometimes painted.
A large industry consists in makii
from paper imitation money, clothin
shoes, hats and many sorts of objec
used in worshiping the dead and
| funerals, -which are afterward burr
and in spirit nnd their way to t
abodes of the dead to help thei
or pay their way to Nirvana.
Tseting-lan street is largely given i
to shops that deal in the edible birt
nesta. It is evidently a prospero
business. In the back of each i?
restaurant where one can have the soi
made from this delicacy served
ipsi
EXECUTION OF A CHINESE CRT>fTNAl*.
prices according to its quality. The
nests are found in or near rocky se
coasts, caves in Borneo, Java and S
m&tra, and are builded by species
swallow, from probably a delicate se
weed which they find in the surf, ai
which, with some secretion of tl
crop, they form the neat, which is lil
a little rounded shelf, slightly co
cave, of the appearance of Bussii
isinglass, and is affixed by ite o\
gluey substance to the face of t]
rocks. The best white ones are $!
a catty; the darker ones, soiled wil
feathers, etc., less, down to even )
per catty. These darker ones I ss
soaking in warm water, by which th<
fell apart, looking like shreds of wilfc
cabbage; from these the long, dirt;
nailed Chinese clerks were picking o
the cleanest bits. I bought of clei
nests enough at least for one soup.
The wholesale drug stores were vei
low buildings, full of strange-lookii
bales. At the doors were many Ch
nese, shaving or planing roots in1
thin sections and drying leaves c
bamboo frames. The retail drug Bho]
were full of strange-shaped packagi
and curious vials, as foreign to me i
if I had never been in a drug stor
My guide was useless so far as helpir
me in obtaining any information :
these places.
xne pottery stores were aisappom
ing, inasmuch as the ware now mac
seems rough, heavy and withoi
beauty. "Very few old pieces are see
in the curio shops, which latter a:
abundant, and such pieces are not i
line as commonly seen in the collei
tions of Europe. Henoe it must 1
that the ware of the old dynasties
scarce and has mostly gone abroad*
Jade ifi the precious stone of tl
Chinese. Every man, woman ar
child, even coolies, seem to wei
heavy, round bracelets or amulets* <
this subetanco. It varies in color froi
a grayish-pearl of a greasy appearan<
to mottled copper-green. Earring
linger and thumb-rings, amulets, ha:
ornaments, besides buckles and opei
work carved ornaments are seei
these, however, without grace <
beauty. Jade is very hard and t?
difficulty of working it adds to il
cost.
Ornamental silver work, consistin
of jewelry and various vessels, in bot
filigree and repousse, abound, and th
white silver amulets on the brow
skins of the children and women loo
appropriate.
Ivory carvings by the Chinese ai
familiar to most persons in our ow
country. Such show much labor an
detail in deep and undercutting, ai
in design crowded, crude and taeti
less; for export they follow Europea
designs.
I noticed that each street at its en
or where there was a jog in it ha
strong, wooden gates, which are close
at night, and a special watchma
guarding them.
Besides funeral undertakers ther
are numerous wedding undertakers
who furnish on hire everything, sue
as sedans, umbrellas, ornamenti
bridal crowns and other requirement
Furniture of Chinese models, <
heavy woods, is stained black and coi
siderably carved and often profusel
inlaid with bits of mother-of-pear
Little of this is exported, but there :
a very large home market for sue
among the wealthier classes.
I visited the places where weavin
of Chinese figured silks was done. Ti
same old primitive hand loom, clun
sily made and half buried in a dirt
floor, with a stout Chinese "cherub
of about one hundred and fifty pount
S BOAT.
"sitting up aloft" on the frame, pul
ing up alternately clusters of tl
warp threads as the shiittle went bac
and forth below and so formed tt
figures in th& web, all of which
changed in western countries by th
Tnrtrtn orrl rlotrinA
I went through a narrow stree
nearly a half mile long, which was oi
cupied almost exclusively by pea
button makers, each with a little r<
ver6ible lathe and a file or two fc
tools.
Another was a spectacles street, an
there everyone was busy cutting ot
lenses from water-white masses of na
ural rock crystals, by long steel wii
saws and oil and emery powders.
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' .-. ' : . \ *Cipp$
ae I A curious but rather coarse - painted
to enamel on copper was the product in
it- another district; it is rather pretty
ih and very cheap, the painted design
to being burned on.
th Whole streets seemed to be nothing
but fan-making shops, and feather
ig fans, at that. I do not remember ol
g, ever seeing such in our country. It
:ts is said that whole villages in China do
at nothing but make the common oper
it, palm-leaf fans so much used in Amerhe
ica, and that the palms are especially
n, grown for this purpose on large
farms.
ip The shops for head and foot weai
Is' and for clothing are endless. The
us Chinese shoe with its thick felt sole if
i a a crood idea?eaev to wear. noiselfifiR.
ap -warm in winter and water-proof, al]
at excellent qualities. Of course th<
M^UUI UttiMJOT1"**
ee coolies are barefooted, or wear onlj
a- straw sandals.
u- There are many places where secondof
hand embroideries, the slightly-worn
a- garments are sold, of the wealthier
id people, mandarins and their wires, and
be of such I was enabled to get some very
se fine examples at nominal prices. Every
n- master of snch a shop brought out his
in recommendations given by foreign
m patrons, many of which read, "I have
tie bought embroideries of so-and-so and
20 found them unusually clean."
fch The prisons and the halls of justice
$5 claimed attention. 1 found myself in
w with a lot of miserable creatures, who
jy crowded around me, saying, "Money,
sd money," I asked the guide who they
y? were. "Those sentenced to be beat
headed," he said. They were in a sort
in of dirty court yard with a shed for
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lr PRISONEK -WEABING THE CANGTTE.
ji
m shelter, and looked as if beheading
?e would be a relief. Another room?
?<?? fnnm oflil nftrt. Mnrt Ttlfl fillftd
bj [/an I* iwvui ww... .. ?
ir with prisoners wearing the cangue, or
i- three-foot square wooden collar. They
i; cannot feed themselves or lie down,
)r sa7e thej place the big square collar
ie at an angle, one edge on the ground,
ts and then it is a half incline with the
neck resting on the edge of a two-inch
g plank, and jet I saw a lot of them
h asleep on the ground, and in the filth
,e upon it. Torture is still used?basn
tinado, beating the ankles, ball and
l. /.lioi'n TT?Viir\ni?tr tVinmh srrpwH. im
K *>"""? 6,
palement, crucifixion and all that sort
>e of barbarity. From thence I went to
n the execution ground?a long, narrow
d space used between times for drying
e coarse pottery before it is burned. I
e- interviewed the big headsman, numn
ber one, with his sword. When he
saw me draw a bead on him with my
d camera he scowled and went back into
l(j his den, but headsmen number three
d saw some silver in my hand, and he
,n took up the scimeter, rich with the
blood of many hundred dissevered
e necks, and struck an attitude, so I
boxed that picture, the crowd grinh
ning. The pavement, gory with
s> bloody sawdust, cheap and common,
J * ^ ?- ?" "" a o+/\A/1
gt greai jars us lurgc m umicio oiwu
3f there full of heads, from which quick!
lime was slowlj eating away the flesh,
y About one execution a day is the aver1.
age, though they are generally bei6
headed in lots of four to fifteen at a
h time. It is said that at the close of
the Taiping rebellion, a few yearB ago,
g over 50,000 of the rebels were beheaded
ie in one year in this yard. Life is cheap
t. in China, and nothing so convinces
y one of the fact like a sight of the
prisons and of this Golgotha of a yard.
ls In the street Sheung-mun-tai, or
_ street of booksellers and publishers,
" * 1 1 fnr.
is an oia aouoie-m tucu " "j??~merly
a section of the city wall crossed
the street, bnt that was removed long
since, leaving this ancient arch as a
temple or ehrine. On top is an old
clepsydra or water-clock, which has
kept the time for about 700 years. It
consists of four large inverted cones
like leaching tubs, made of copper,
placed on a stair-like mass of masonry.
From openings near the bottom of
each the water slowly drops from the
top one into the next below, and so on
to the bottom one, which has a perforated
cover, and through this hole
the graduated staff of a float rises as
the water rises slowly and regularly.
The water is returned twice a day to
? tne upper jar, and at the beginning of
1- each hour a big board with the name
ie of the hour if) placed on the outside
k -wall, so it can be seen from the various
ie high buildings and tire watch towers
is of the city. Here one can buy sticks
ie or circles of punk, or incense, which,
lighted at dawn, burn slowly, and
t, mark the time by hours by means of
c- black spots on the punk. I was much
rl | interested in overlooking the house
s- tops from this old gateway. The tiled
>r roofs, on each many rows of round
6tone jars filled with water for putting
d out fires; but what seemed most
it strange whs a railed-in wooden walk
t- that led over the houses, up and
:e down, adjusted to the varying hights,
abruptly turning to the right or left,
1
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bridging over intervals; all this for
the elevated night watchmen, who in ;
this way patrol large districts of the S,
cily above the honse-tops, on the
lookout for fires and robbers. I
Robbery is very common, and yet!
' the authorities make short shrift of 4
: the robbers when canght. The gables
_ a _j it _ .1 I
; or nages 01 ine roois are always i
parallel with the streets. The tiles .
l are coaTse brick, alternating flat with
- half-round ones to break joints, these
" set in mortar.
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Egg ot au Extinct Gigtntic Biri. f <
A large specimen of the egg of the
* fabled roc of the "Arabian Nightsj*
5 or JEpyornis, as the extinct gigantio !
1 V?'r/1 r\f Ma/larraa/xxi* {a /uillarl Vta.a VwW)n I
secured by Mr. J. doctor, of Tama- .
* tave and Princes square, west, who/
has brought the curiosity to London.
It was discovered by some natives
about twenty miles to the southward
of St. Augustine Bay, on the south*
west coast of Madagascar It waa'floating
on the calm sea, Within twenty
yards of the beach, And is supposed to
have been washed away with the foreshore,
which consists of sand hills,,
after a hurricane in the early part ox
the year. The child-like longshoreman
of the Antipodes, opining that'
the egg had a value, showed the unusual
piece of flotsam about with a1
view to sale, and it thus came into the*
hands of Mr. Proctor. The egg, whichj
is whitey-br own in color and unbroken* j
is a line specimen, 33} inches byj
twenty-eight inches, and an even
higher value is placed upon it than]
upon the egg of the great auk, which
Iitta/1 nrifViiTi 4-Vin mnmr\4 mon TVi*.' I
r Mf vu n mum vuo juli^iuva ? wa mwiii
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^PYORN/S.
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Vv CUCMtlCri ' 1* A
OSTRICH^
EPT0ENI8, OSTRICH AND CB0C0DILE BOCti
OOHPAKKD.
I
Brobdingnagian proportions of ?hej ; '
egg are better demonstrated by com-j
parison-with, the eggs of the ostrich
and crocodile. An ostrich's egg is*
abont seventeen inohes by fifteen!
inches, and the contents of six such'
are only equal to one egg of the
iEpyornie. The measurments of the
egg of the crocodile are normal!y nine
inches by 6} inches. It would require
the contents,of 16J emu's eggs to
equal the contents of this great egg,' .
or 148 eggs of the homely fowl, cat
30,000 of the humming bird. The
last egg of the kind disposed of in J
London sold for $500, though crack edi
! ?
A Novel Blouse.
The smart blouse which is shown in
this sketch is arranged in' a lovely ,
new material which has only just mad&
its appearance in Paris. It is a soft
and silky velveteen, with small silver
pots scattered over it and sunk into
the velveteen surface as though they
had been stamped upon it with silver .
paint. The upper part of the blouse,
both back and front, is quite full, the
graceful folds being drawn in at the,
waist bo as to show the outlines of. the;
figure, under a very wide band formed;
of black moire, smartly held in place
by large buttons of fine jet. Below
this moire band there is a very becoming
pointed basque of the blue.
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and silver velveteen. The sleeves are
of velveteen from the shoulder to the
elbow, and of moire trimmed with jet
from the elbow to the wrist.?New *
York World.
Trinidad's (Jueer Little "Lapp."
The climate of the island of Trini
dad is ideal, it nas an average summer
heat of seventy-nine degrees, a
winter heat of sixty-eight degrees,
and owing to its lovely scenery, fine
fishing and picturesqne natives, is
coming into notice ks a health resort
and pleasure ground. Sportsmen love
to hunt the "lapp," a small animal,
whose flesh is said to be finer and
more delicious than even that of the 1
reindeer. It is a queer, spotted,
long-snouted little creature that often
hides in the water when pursued, but
lives in the hills. Its flesh tastes of j
. *u l\y
I THE OL'EER LITTLE LAPP OP TRIXTDAD. 1
I
veal and pork, and is better than
either, or both. ;
Delaware has 9000 farms valued at
$37,000,000. J
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