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Streets from six to twelve feet wide, filled from morning to, ntght with a oeaseless throng. Every man Is blaok haired, the fore part of his head Is shaven, while behind him hangs the long queue Imposed by the Manohn conquerors. Here oome the ooolles, m blue jaokets and blue knlokerbockera, bare-footed or strawsandled, with a bamboo across tha shoulders owrrying heavy weights and singing, " Eh ho, ah ho, ay hoi I" like all the brethren of their oraft east of the Mediterranean. This man with long flowing robe; wide sleeves, huge horned* rimmed speotaoles, slow swaggering gait, languid- flattering fan, evidently a very important person 1 Is it fact a Oonfuolanlst scholar. Here totters along tt woman on her three-Inch feet, olad In. gay emoroldered jioket and delioate •Ilk shirt, perhaps a small silver mouthed tobacco pipe In her hand, her head adorned with strange hirsute structures like a onrvlng knife, a trenoher, s> flying swallow, or what-not, a touch of rouge to the cheek and lips, whlV white powder gives mtstynessto full-flatbed iaolal oharms. Here a small hog If lt be whiter, gaily dressed m brl Want oolors, a perfect ball of wrapping*— if It be sammer, equally g*lly dressed In the not unbe* ooming &*rb of bla yellow skin alone* For vehicles look at your sedan ohalr, borcoby two or three men. In it sits a, gentleman olad In white or flowered silk or m costly furs, aooordtng to the season* If thete be four or even eight bearers yon will haVe timely warning for this is. t the mandarin i before him run a motley orbvrd of retainers beating gongs oarrying tablets) Insoribed »Be silent, Make way." Villainous looking fellows, with steepleorowned Guy Fawkes hats, armed with whips, mouthing out uncouth oris* are tho Motors of the great man; Other* o»rry the great silk umbrella, tha badge of offioe; meant for the official, e.hould he ever wish to move his heavy well fed body, wl»h Its impassive self* content from his chair. This is an event that rarely ocoors ; it Is an awful thought to an Englishman that sitting m a ohalf and scolding are the most violent forma of exercise In whioh a mandarin ever Indulges. On the breaqt of his handsome silk robe he hears embroidered soma strange bird ar beast, whioh marks his rank, on his hat a button, blue, red, crystal, or gold, according to his dignity, and if he be distinguished, a one-eyed or even two-eyed peacock's feather. Oooastonally some dts'urber of the peace, spied flagrante delicto from the ohalr, Is promptly thrown down m the street, stripped and beaten. Here comes clattering and jingling down the street, a small pony whioh bears a military offiolal, none hot one aooustemed to tbe rough life of camps would uoe so fatiguing • mode of locomotion Thia miserable, unkempt, being, howling a dlsrail ditty, and rat* Hog together two bamboo stloks, is m beggar. It Is well to give him the ml> , orosooplo dole he olalms, for he will stay theve, inert but vooil, till he galas hit point. Suoh a one has been known to oommit sulelde m a determlnately parsimonious shop m order to bring its owner Into trouble with the authorities. Avoid thia man oarrying odorous baokets through the. orowd ; his burden Is liquid manure, whioh will shortly fertilise tbe. garden* outside the city j so hold your nose and 'look at tho stalls— for, narrow as tha j street* are> there are numerous, stslla 1 fixed or moving,-*" Qalvet. "J

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CHINESE STREETS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2136, 16 May 1889

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CHINESE STREETS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2136, 16 May 1889