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A painful story comes from Lin Chino Chow, China, concerning the serious om° barrassment of a public official in that dntrict, and the result of his efforts to extricate himself will be awaited with great anxiety. A few months ago the village of Chien-Chuang, in the interior of China, was raided by brigands, who broke into severa : houses, confiscated a large amount of property, and did much other damage. The taotai of that district commanded Lo F> nc Tsi, a local mandarin, to use his best efforts to detect and capture the gang, which was done. The mandarin was then directed to execute the leader and bring his head to the taotai at Lin Cbing Chow as a sort of voucher-that the work had been properly done. Lo Feng Tsi carried out his, instructions and started for Lin Ching Chow with the head of the-bandit in charge of his yayi, or orderly, who wrapped it in cerements of cloth, so that it might have the appearance of an ordinary bundle such as the Natives ace accustomed to carry. ' j

Arriving wt a village about midway of hflf jonroey, stopped for rest and refreshments’. Likewise the yayi, who leffc , bundle; in the' room which had beeßri -■- ■aß6ignedYp him call upon ,?ome fjMends, Bnty alas ! when he returned--he disSbijered, as may properly be remarked;-: • that he had lost his head. That;is frequent misfortune in Oriental countries; but it is unusual to lose a head that beloSg» to another person. The tows was searched; every suspicious person was arrested, butthe unhappy mandarin up to the lastadvicg|,Jiad ,_not been able to recover the* precious package. " ’ : • ■ The taotai, like other Chinese magistrates; lacks the sense of humor, and he does notsee anything funny in these extraordinary circumstances. On the contrary, he believes,' or pretends to believe, that the mandarin, Lo Feng Tsi, has been guilty of gross negligence and lack of respect, and should be punished with the severest sort of-penalty. He has given him a' certain length*of time to recover the missing head, and if he fails to do so he will undoubtedly be compelled to offer his own- to supply the vacancy.

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LO FENG TSI’S LOST HEAD., Issue 10417, 11 September 1897, Supplement

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LO FENG TSI’S LOST HEAD. Issue 10417, 11 September 1897, Supplement

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