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For Little Folks

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Chinese bables, as well as mfants oí other nations, re fond of playthings. But there is a vast difference between the toys set bef ore a Chinese consnl 's baby son and tbose with vfbich a Celestial baby in Dope alley, for example, rnight arnuse itself. In their toilet also some difference is made. A Dope alley baby may shriek itself hoarse in rags and swaddling, but a consul's child can go in trousers even at the tender age of 6 months. When the little son of the Chinese consul in New York made its appearance in theworld, he had tooontent himself with American baby clothea. Butthis didn't laat long. A little trunk camo from over the seas fllled with shirts and coats of padded silk, made doublé breasted and held together by ribbons instead of buttons. Trouers of frwo separate piecea, one for each leg, came with these coats. They cover tha foot, as well as the ankle and tbigh. TLey are made of wadded cotton vrith a background of green and gorgeous ffiaster flo-wers are embroidarsd upon them in yellow and pink. A solé of heavy black ■wool is sewed on to fit nnder each foot. The trousars are f astencd to a red band with orange colored ribbons and around the ankles they are tied with little tapes. Imagine the shirts and doublé breasted coats, and youhave a bundie of human ity of which the clothes form the larger part. But this abundance of clothes does not disturb"Baba, " whioh is the baby's pet name, from thoroughly enjoying himself in nis infantile way. He is very good uatured, hardly ever cries, and amuses himself with little Chinese figures of gold, against which he ruba his gums. Then he has rings of gold and precious stones, and little round balls of gold adorn his olothes, althongb they are not visible. Foo Kong Shu - that is the baby's fullname - oansitnpright like a drum major, tbough he is only 6 months old. His stiff and padded clothes help him materially in this. Hisdietalso is sornewhat different froïa that of babies of the gentile races. He sips_ tea and rice soup, and probably by reason of heredity they agree with his little Chinese stomach very well. In Jnly his mother will take him with her on a visit to China. When he is old enotigh to waai an education, he will be brought back here, and all hia learning will be of the American sort.


Ann Arbor Argus
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