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"When China has got rid of opium she will doubtless astonish the world," was a remark recently made by an Englishman who had taught science in the University of Chentu, West China, Tor two years. She has gone to work the right way to kill opium smoking— decapitation being the chief penalty— and now she has, evidently, other ideas of reform which to the average Chinaman must appear very radical. A short time ago the Celestial maiden would not exchange one of her tiny, disfigured feet for all the tea in China; if she lives long enough she will probably weep salt tears of regret that she is not in the fashion,- and, even though respect for one's elders is commoner in China than it is in, say, New Zealand, may in her heart feel bitterness against her parents for not having been up-to-date. However, the matter of female feet is not the most important that Chinese reformers propose to deal with. Racial distinctions between the Chinese and the* Manchus (to the latter the ruling house belongs) are to be broken down, and this should tend in the direction of bettering the race. It may in time be even possible for a Chinese of high degree to marry into the Imperial family—surely something worth living for! There are many other reforms aimed at, and which are not mentioned in our cables, such as restoration to power at Pekin of the Emperor (who is. at present practically a nonentity), to prevent encroachment on Chinese territory and resources, to promote the establishment of a national Constitution and Parliament similar to those of the British Empire, to aid the establishment of banks, railways, tramways, telegraphs, telephones, electric light, etc., and the introduction of modern machinery, to promote the establishment of public schools and universities, and other things alongside which the matter of Chinese lauies' feet seems smaller than usual.—Post.

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CHINESE CHANGES., Marlborough Express, Volume XLI, Issue 213, 9 September 1907

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CHINESE CHANGES. Marlborough Express, Volume XLI, Issue 213, 9 September 1907

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