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Benevolence In China

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Simpson, in a paper on " Chinese Architecture," read before one of the English societies, describes as follows the Chinese method of raising money for the building or repairing of temples : " In the streets of Pekin I one day found a man in a sort of wooded sentry box ; large nails had been driven into it, so that their points projected through. This prevented the man from leaning against the sides, and the only rest he had was from sitting on a board within. He was a monk and never seemed to sleep, for he had a string with which he night and day sounded a large, sonorous bell every few minutes, aa a sort of advertisement of his purpose. This was that the benevolent should come forward with money ; each nail represented a sum. When any one paid that sum his name was stuck upon a bit of paper, and the nail was pulled out, making it more comfortable for the hormit within. All the nails represented the necessary amount for the repair of a temple that was close bohind. This is a eommon proceeding for raising the wind for such purposes. I was told that this nionk had bpen two years shut up, and that he would be likely to be another before he got out of his cocoon of nails." IT DOES ONE's heart good, soraetimes, to observe the elasticity with which afflicted persons do occasionally rally in the midst of their sorrows, and finally rise superior even to grief itself. The most recent case of this kind of feminine fortitude and recuperative cheerfulness comes i to us from Colorado, and includes the widows of the late lamented Captain Jack Even they, we are told, have shaken of their mourning, and now stand forth each 1 arrayed in sixteen yards of red and orâ–  ange flannel, and in number nine eavalry f boots.


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Michigan Argus