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Some amusing distinctions between Chinese and English methods of advance- J ment were drawn by Mr. Ivan Chen, of the Chinese Legation, in the course of a paper which he read before the members of the China Society recently, at the Caxton Hall, London, Sir Robert Hart presiding. In China, he said, there was no Parliament, and, therefore, no political parties in the sense the term was understood in England- Consequently there were no party funds for one to contribute i to. Then, again, China knew no such | name as barrister-at-law. Should there be a man who possessed marvellous ingenuity for the interpretation of legal subtleties, they did not regard him as a member of an honourable profession, but placed him in quite another category, i (Laughter.) The Chinese had as much; aversion for barristers as the arch-enemy of mankind had for holy water. Exam-! inations were practically the only way i for anyone in China to advance from obscurity to a place of honour. (Lord Li Ching Foug, the Chinese Minister, read a paper on " The general evolution of philosophy and science in China," and referred to the fact that many scientific processes were worked in his land long centuries before they were used in i£urope. According to their records, a form of the magnetic needle was known in China in 2G34 B-C. Printing from movable type was practised about 500 years before it was invented in Europe. Sir Robert Hart, in thanking the speakers for their papers, said that East and West were far from each other, but steamers, railroads, telegraphs, post offices, and globa trotters—(laughter)—were bringing them closer together every day. Everything was interesting in the relations between those two parts of the world, and each had something tc learn | from the other. The Chinese were woe- , derfully intelligent people. They could learn anything and do an3'thing, and had a great future before them. Latterly, he believed, Europeans had been going to China even for their amusements. Last year everyone was -playing diabolo. That game was to be seen at Pekin every day, j and had been played there for days innumerable.

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THIS WEEK'S "GRAPHIC.", Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 66, 18 March 1909

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THIS WEEK'S "GRAPHIC." Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 66, 18 March 1909