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Mr Henry Norman tvs, aaya the writer of " Bohoes" In tbe Home Neva, re cotded many strange things alooehe started ou bio trot round the Globe. Hia experiences m Ohina, however, are perhapa the moat startling. Tbe following Is from a reoont letter deaorlptlvo of Peking and Its Inhabitant* :— "This ia oartainly a most extraordinary people, and next to nothing of them la kaowa at Home. Here, for lnatanoe, are a few stories that I havo picked ap A foreign resident of Peking who epo&kfl Obi'ieee viell wjb ridlDg along ihe other day and came to an i ezolled orotsd. Drawing neur ho diat oovered a oirole of people qaietiy watohing a man desperately attempting to oommit aaiotdi by dashing bis head agalnat a wall. He dismounted, restrained the man harangued the bystanders, and learned that this waa a ooolle who claimed thai his payment for a certain porter's job wa» ahort by ten cash — leei than a penDy — and an the employer refused to pay more, he was proceeding to tako revenge by kill'ng himself on the ppot, knowing that by so doing he would get ho other man Into considerable trouble. On ano her oooasion a man threw himself into the can i), but was dragged'out. So hs bimpl? aat down on tho edge and starved himself to death, to bo revenged ngainit somebody who had cheated him Again, one day a man waa found murdered on a Dridge near the British Legation. Tbe law of China prescribes that a murdered body musi not be removed till the murderer id caught. Therefore It was oovered with a mat and left. Days pained and a month, and still \he rotting body lay there, till at last the Minister, who had to paBS it every day, vigorously protested, and it it waa taken o£E the bridge and plaood • little farther away, a Uhineaa newspaper ia responsible for this story, wh eh, indeed has nothing whatever inoredible «boat it One day a sow belonging to a Mrs Feng happening to knook down and slightly injure the front d)or of a Mrs Wang; the latter at once prooeeded to claim damages, which were refused, whereupon a fierce altercation eniued, whloh terminated In Mrs Wang'a threatening to taka her own life. Mrs Feng, npon hearing of ibis dreadful threat, resolved at onoe to take time by the forelook, and s'e*l a march upon her enemy by taking her own life, and tbui turn the tables opjn her. Bho aooordlngly threw haraelf iuto the canal. And • friend wi.h whom 1 rode a good deal In Peking told me the other day, hearing screams of laughter from hla stable, be went to investigate Taere he discovered that his gr lorn and 'boy' had oau*ht a big rat, na'led iti front pawa to a botrd, soaked it m kerosene, set fire to It, and were eojoylrg he speotaale. Bui this la not so bad aa one of the trloke of the professional kldnappar who will catoh a child In the street, carry It off to another town, blind It, and then sell it for a profeis'onal beggar.

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SOME CHINESE CUSTOMS, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2148, 14 June 1889

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SOME CHINESE CUSTOMS Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2148, 14 June 1889