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   Bath Independent (Newspaper) - January 10, 1880, Bath, Maine                                NDEPENDENT A. Local, Business, lA.gpriowltwra.1 and Family Newspaper. VOL. J. BATH, MAINE, SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 1880. NO. 5. ALL THROUGH THE DAY. " B^the day never no lopft It ringoth at last unto even-aong." -QMcn Elizabeth's Book of Hours. All through the day, my love, watching thine eye, ' Holding thy hand In mine. I will be nigh;..... lcannot cheer thee, love, yet will I stay , ,,.I.,WU1 be near thue,..lov.e,..all..through.tbe day. M through the day, my love, seeking In vain � WingB forjthe hours that pass weighted with pam'; . Jill things are drear to thee, nothing is gay; Yet I am dear to tbee, so I will stay. All through thisjdayof ours, though it be longj Open for us no flowers, wakens no song; Reddens the autumn leaf, withers the rose, All through this way of ours, unto its close. ', Worn.Is thy framd, my love, wan is thy check, Low are thitio accents,' and broken and weak, Yet sweet is our tsilcnce, the words that we say Are sweet, as 1 sit.by thee all through the day. All through the day, my love, all through the day,   . Steals the swift shadow on, life flits away; Soft will our sleep bo then, happy and light, All through the night, my love, all through the night. '- . - Good Words. V life in China. . WHAT AN AMEBIC AN BOX SAW IN THE. OH-IiESTIAL EMPIRE. "The snake-charmers of China are equal to those of India, I should think. I saw one who took from a box a purple and green, spotted serpent. It was not more than two and a half or three feet long, but was a beauty-if this oan be said of any snake-and had been trained to perform a number of tricks. Our Chinese servants told me its bite would be fatal. "Its pet name was 'Tang.' When called by name, the reptile' rose out of his box and hissed.  The man then stooped down and rah out his tongue at    -   him.  Tang returned the compliment, and played his tougue at his master. "V ""Then the man ran,, and the snake chased him, and overtaking him, darted up his leg inside his looso trousers.  At ' this, the man leaped about as if fright-r     ''' ehed. . '� ]n a mOment the snake came out at the man's neok, from under his blue ...........,   tunic, and winding ron n i his- throat, V        reared its head over the man's pigtail,. '   playing his tongue like a needle and busing furiously.  Its red eyes were as bright as fire and shone like xubies. " The man then took the snake down, put it in the box and asked for cash.  I *        would not give him any for that; so he exhibited a more astonishing trick. " Going close to the box and bending down his face, he hissed in a peculiar way. " The snake ' at' once elevated his head and hissed back. " They now hissed baok and forth at each other, pretending to grow very angry and* venomous. At last Tang leaped at his master, as -he was hissing and running out his tpngue, and actually ran down his throat!; " The man caught held of the tip of its tail and held on to it with hiB thumb and finger. The snake had gone down into theman's stomaoh. After staying - there & minute or two, he began to baok out, and coming forth, coiled himself on top of the man's bead again, . "I then gave'him ten cash, and he went off went off with his snake. beggakb. " Beggars were very numerous at Yen Chan. They used to come, sometimes four or five together, and they often practiced droll tricks and deceptions to excite pity. There was one man, who had had both his ears out off for being a rebel in the Tai-ping war, who used to come every morning. "This miserable preature would knook his forehead against the stone post of the yard-gate, till the blood would run down his face and down the gate-post, That was his trade. He did it eveiy where. His forehead was a most shook' ing and repulsive spectacle. "One day Tsay, my young Chinese companion, and I went to a Chinese boys' Bohool. It was in the temple of the jobs, or god, Man Chang. There were twenty-five or thirty boys; and we could hear them studying their lesBons before we had even got inside the court-yard. " In a Chinese school the pupils all study aloud, and very loud, too. They, almost scream, and scarcely stop for a moment; for it one stops, the master . thinks he is idle, and gives him a sharp word or else a blow with a very long bamboo rod, which he keeps standing by his high chair. , " The boys were dressed in blue-tunics and seated on stools, with their backs to . the teacher, and when one was called to say his lesson, he oame up and turned round with his baok to his teacher, while he repeated it. . �"'But Chinese bSysdo^ot study arithmetic, geography and grammar, as our boys do. They simply learn to soy the words of the language, by rote, and afterwards learn to repeat, in the same way, the verses and maxims from the Four Books of the philosopher Confucius, " A STBANOB BOHOOL HOUBB. "It was a strange place for a sohool. At the upper end of the hall was a row of seven great idols, ten feet tall. These had grotesque faces, and were black 'and grimy with the smoke pi incense and i oss stioks, which had been burned be-t ^re them. � "They were images of Man Chang, Teen-how, and, other gods and godesses. On each side of the ball, ox atrium, was a row of fifteen smaller statues, or im-ages, of Gbinesei philosophers and eages. " In one. corner �was an euormouj , drum, set on a-low table; and in the op posite corner wbb ft large bell set on a pedestal. This bell was at least four feet in height, but had no tongue. A hammer with a long handle Btood near to use in-striking it. - - " Af terarwhikr the master-gave it a light stroke, though 'it made a heavy, dismal sound: - At this the boys rushed out to get their breakfast. The boys go to Bohool before' Bu^WSe, and fttndy till ton o'clock in the forenoon. They then have an hour for breakfast, *' At eleven they enter sohool again and stay until five in the afternoon; and at lamp-lighting they have- again to assemble and remain till nine in the evening. Altogether it mokes lip fully eleven hours per day ; and they have to study, aloud all that time, too. I wonder what boys in the United States would think of such application as this. " Ab we went away, I sow a man standing beside one of the pillars of the temple court. His wrists were in handcuffs, the chain from Which -was made fast to� staple in the pillar, high rover hie head. He could neither lie down "nor sit down. '"A plaoard hung from his neok. Tsay went up to read it, and told me that the man' had stokn an offering whioh had been left by some "devotee at the temple,. _He would be obliged to stand there twenty days, . with.bis wrists chained up to the pillar. Unless his friends oame to feed him he would starve, to death. thieves. -flqqg1sd. " One morning Tsay asked me if I would like to see some thieves tried and flogged," for it was Ty-yo day. " Ty-y6 means court, or prison court. This was a day when criminals arrested for small offences, during the week, were to be tried and punished. " I assented, and found that this ty-yo was on the other side of the town. The trials had begun when wearriyed. The prison court, or look-up, was not so massive and strong- as the yamun, or great prison, but it had carved tigers at the gate, like the one wehad seen there.. " The oourt-yard was full of people, and Spearmen and soldiers were coming and going. -Tsay pushed in and "pulled me in after him.    � " '-We went-np the low steps of the big, hall. At first we could hot see anything, there were so many people. But by-and-by we climbed On the pedestal of a statue of the Emperor, in one .corner. " Three judges in grand violet robes, with tigers wrought on them, were seated on a broad platform, and near them sat a mandarin with a red button on his cap. Behind, were several large statues of Chinese sages. On the steps below stood a number of officers who seemed to aot as the public accusers. They did not say much, however, but kept hand ing slips of paper to the judges with large block Chinese words on them, "Before the judges' platform was an open space, forty or fifty feet square with a railing round it. Inside the railing stood the executioners, in a row. Some had swords, some had iron oramps, for squeezing fingers, and some held chains and fetters; but the most had bamboo rods and switches. , It was a day for a general switching of small of' fenders. " The prisoners were brought in from a passage leading to the cells of the Ty-yo, by spearmen,, and "mode to kneel on the steps before the judges. The judges read the oomplaints made oh the printed' slips, and sometimes asked questions.    �.. "Sometimes there was laughter, in whioh the judges joined. Tsay said that the culprits often confessed their faults. The most of them were beg garly-looking men, but half-clad, and of meagre appearance. Z " As the judges gave sentence, a crier repeated it in a loud voice. The sentences were given by the judges hvthe name of the Emperor, and condemned the offenders either to the cangue, to be monaoled, to be put iu the foot-stooks, to be whipped through tho town, or to be whipped then and there, from twenty to one hundred blows with the bamboo, in the presence pf the judges. , "The latter sentences were the most numerous. As the culprits were sentenced-and they were sentenced rapidly -the spearmen handed them over to the whippers. Then off came their shirts, and down they went flat on their faces on the floor. The bamboo rods were plied lustily. "�Three or four were whipped at once to [save time ; for while the whipping was going on, nothing else could be done or heard, t- The poor fellows yelled Md-eously, and the whips themselves made a good deal of noise. The crowd hooted and screamed with laughter. It seemed to me there never was a more unfeeling or cruel orowd of spectators. " The whips drew btood at each stroke. The poor creatures looked sorry enough when they got up and limped away, their books cut and gory. " �ot so unfeeling were the bystanders that they kicked and cuffed them as they skulked out.- One poor rascal could hardly get out at all, for the people kept heading him offend beating him from hand to hand. Tsay laughed, saying' that he was a sneak-thief, and deserved all he got. " When a prisoner was oondemnd to be whipped through, the streets, the spearmen handed him to three whippers, His hands were tied behind his bare back, and. a halter was put on his neck. One whipper went ahead of him with a gong. One took the halter, to keep him from running away, and the third took the whip." "The gong was then sounded, and the procession set oft  At every stroke of the gong they each took a step, and the whipper struck a blow upon the bareback. A orowd of boys followed, shouting ana laughing, J. .., . " I. "Atevery third stroke the wl shouted, ' This is the punishment due to a-thief 1'-or a gambler, or a bad eon, or whatever crime the culprit had committed.  " But the strongest spectacle oame a little later. Hitherto the culprits had all been poor, disreputable fellows. But now they: led in throe finely-dressed men, who seemed dignified and respectable. They said they were merchants, and had been adoused of smuggling salt. "There was a great bustle in the crowd now, and many slips were handed to the judges. The accused men handed slips themselves. It was some time before the judges decided on their cases. But they were all three oonvioted, and sentenced to receive sixty blows each in open court. < When the crier repeated the sentence, a greater clamor than ever rose. Not less than a dozen men got inside the railing and ran round the condemned men jabbering and shouting like a lot of haokmen. The salt merchants stood listless and indifferent in the midst, as if not much concerned about the matter. I asked Tsay what this meant. He said that all the noisy fellows were Ts-mui-pu-nee, or substitutes; men who took whippings for rich offenders, and made that their business. They were bantering the merchants to hire them to take their punishment. ^'Tsay said that these substitutes made lots of money, for the usual price asked was five hundred cash per blow- nearly a dollar-but that plenty of them could be hired for less. The salt merchants looked on, laughing occasionally to hear the Substitutes bid and underbid each other. The judges and the mandarin laughed, too, and all the people. I thepght it the queerest piece of business I ever saw. 'At last all three of the merchants hired one man who had offered to become their substitute for two hundred and fifty cash per blow. No sooner was the bargain closed, than off oame his shirt, and down went the man on his face-to take the whippings of all three at once. '- --------- .....--- " 'It will kill him I' I said to Tsay. " 'Kill him 1 no,' said he.     Look at the rascal's back I' I could just see his back over the INTERESTING TOPICS. -Up near the foot of the mountains in South Riyer Valley, Mon., Charles W. Cook bag a corral in whioh are a number of flocks of sheep. Last month the sheep were visited by bears, and on one Tjccasionwere bo badly Btampeded that Cook lost many of the most valuable ones. Afterwards aa regularly as night came eight bears would move down the mountain and dine on mutton. Each bear clawed, killed and dragged off tho fat carcass of an innocent. A band of men in Cook's employ were Bet to watch the enemy, but the sight of a solid phalanx of bears marching down the slopes in Boldiorly line and with resistless front caused a retreat. Finally, a few nights ago, Cook, accompanied by an'old bear hunter, John Potter, and both armed with repeating rifles, stationed themselves in the bear path near the corral. The eight came, tramp, tramp, tramp, and when they sniffed the waiting ranchmen they did not so -muoh as halt, but moved to the attack with ferocious indignation at the- attempt to rob them of their feast. When the din of battle had passed and the smoke cleared away there lay dead on the field fqjir of the huge beasts, while two of the others left considerable of blood as they climbed to thoir den.    * 1 -t-A correspondent of the Chicago Tribune writes: " Governor Garcelon is tie most obstinate of men. Congressman Frye, his brother-in-law, told me thai Garcelon did not speak to him for ove' a year on account of political dif? fen noes; that, as his attorney, when Garcelon had' any law business, ho would sit in hiB carriage, send in a note to Frye and receive his opinion in writing; andphat, when Garcelon came to Frye's house, he would never go in until he learned that Frye was away from home," -'Affairs in Silesia are by no means improving. In a wood near Bybniek, wheto the famine is woret, the bodies of elevfen gypsies were found on the 9th of last Jnontli. They lay round the remains heads of: the orowd, as he lay waiting for the whippers to begin; and suoh a back 1 It shone and was as smooth as a tanned hog^skin,on%-it ha^:aiileat.yeis low look. In foot, it was just one huge callous, thick- almost as the nails of the fingers. 'Tsay said it was hard to hurt old substitutes, but that when they first set hp in the business, they had to .smart for it. 1 Everyone was screaming with laughter at sight of that back-except the whippers. "Meanwhile; they had put the tags for all three of the merchants round the substitute's neck, and at a given signal the whippers fell to beating him. One stood on one side and another on the other and struck alternately, like two men threshing with flails. ' The whippers were so angry with theman that they lashed him with all their might. They were determined to give him hie money'swortb. The judges and the merchants and all the orowd watched to see whether 'they could wound him so that, his back would bleed.    " But not a drop was brought, and the crowd began to hoot and jeer them. At this, one Of the whippers, now quite out of breath, suddenly stopped and turned the man over, in order to whip his stomaoh. But the spearman interposed. It was against the law. The man must be whipped on the back, or not at all. "'The rest of the one hundred and eighty blows were laid on slowly and deliberately, and it Beemed as if every stroke was enough to cut an ordinary man in two. Tough as. he was, it was rather too muoh for the substitute. They nearly whaled his life out. - " He got up as if he were a hundred years old. He had earned about ninety dollars in ten minutes. ' It was long past noon when we got out of Ty-so. Going home, Tsay went into a Chinese chop-shop, or restaurant, to buy a paper of baked melon seeds," Youth's Companion. strengthen the _____ _ ___________ a means of counteracting this tendency newspaper he always begins to wiggle, of n! camp fire, having been "frozen^ to ** J*1?**^ .Imagination,,  e? painting agree witbmy of the present suffering is due to absenteeism among the great landowners.' Many properties are -for the greater part of tlte year left to the care of agents, the owners only turning up at the hunting season. These agents are, of course, anxious to get as rnnca out of their management as possible, and convey no uncomfortable grievances to the proprietors, who, if petitions arc directly sent to them, are told they are exaggerated; but the misery is so intense that exaggeration is scarcely possible. A Wild Animal Story. The Kennebec (Me.) Journal says: woman residing on the hillside became greatly alarmed a few days ego by the loud cries of her child, a little girl some eighteen month* old. She hastened to the door just in time to' save it frpm being swallowed by a clam. The little one's finger was in the clam's mouth and fast disappearing. What an inscription for a tombstone, " Swallowed to death by a olam." It BKBM8 a great stride from simple Mr. to " his Grace the Puke," which Mr. Bentinok made lately qfx the death of his cousin, the Duke of Portland. He is a young offloer of the Guards, aged 22, and gets $400,000 a year with his dnkedom under the will of the late Duke's father. The great London property around the Langham Hotel devolves on the late Duke's nephew.. To be"22, an English Duke, and have $400, 000 a year, seems a pretty good position in the world. < " -;--T*-. A Chicago thocp shaved off his moustache after robbing a lady in the street, and by that means made it impossible for her to identify him when be was arrested, but he conld not long resist the desire to look his best, and three months later,, when the new moustacne had grown liko the old one, she recognised him in a orowdj and he has been eon- Apex, a North Carolina town, has lately had a social sensation. Two colored persons having been joined in wedlock, a traveled datkey suggested that in good white society it was the custom to throw a shoe after the bride. ''Ilia notion took intensely, and the bride WITH THE I'AK tORAPHEBS. -If you wish to do good pay up your due, good.-[ Whitehall Times. - Crows are the worst behaved of bird* because they cam-on w.-[V&wolaoa' villo Sentinel. departed amid A-sbowerof- shoes, one.!...--An,advertiBetn�ut in the nawspaper. of which, hitting her on the head liko a | iB worth two on the side of an old shed. bolt from a fifteen-inch gun,, knocked her senseless in the wagon. Tho groom thrashed the thrower, and Apox probably holds shoe throwing to be a custom more honored in the breach than in I the observance. -Although Tomes McCulley was pro-nounoed by a jury tho murderer of Charles Brody, at Marietta, Pa., he persistently denied his guilt during the live years whioh he spent in prison, where ho was sent for life, and just before dying he very solemnly protested bis innocence. The murder was committed ten years ago. Brady kept a small barroom and was found dead in it one morning? -lNorri�town Herald, -In these days of gigantic obmbiiia-Hons no railroad can go to bed at night feeling entirely safe. -There are twq ways of making a hot Scotch-by upsetting a Scotchman .on a red-hot stove and vioe versa. -Sympathy comes near and speaks low. It docn not hail a mourner from the top of a passing omnibus. -She certainly had a pretty foot, but after all it didn't make so much impression on him as the old man's. -The fashion of laides' waistcoats is . supposed- to have originated in Gal-vest-having been killed with a club.   McCiil- on^-f Boston Commercial Bulletin. 8 bnmmer'. ftnd, ^d ��e�� eeett -The man who never met adversity drinking in the ealoon late on the pre- has never been really able to know what ^w. �n.g ' Thureuwa! bJ?^ h,s * eood fellow prosperity is.-[WhitehalI clothes, too, and his boots fitted the im- T
                            

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