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AR0U1SD THE WORLD.
Christian Education Stops Use of Baby Tower
and Other Monstrous Cruelties,
LACK OF SYMPATHY IS CHARACTERISTIC
Amy Crime Must Be round Out Before If Is Considered Such and a Vile
Life Considered Virtuous It Llrcd UndetectedBurial Mounds
So Numerous the Country Looks Like a Vast Hay Field.
Hong Kong, Dec. 12, 1902.
China is a puzzle to me. The more
1 see of China and things Chinese, the
more complex the tangle hecomes. My
trip to central China convinced me that
this vast empire is simply trampling
upon herself by her own ignorance and
superstition. Where christian educa
tors gain a footing, barbarism is slain
and right thought paves the way to
right acting. A few gospel teachers
cannot transform tcoming millions in a
decade, but the families that become
christian cast aside the old for the new
er and better. Old China maintains
what is called the Baby Tower. New
China, or christian China, is as much
opposed to the Baby Tower as America.
The Baby Tower is a sort of a "Black
Hole of Calcutta," a part of which ex
tends above ground with an opening
into which children arc thrown to die
when, for any reason, they are no
longer wanted in the home. Into this
catch-all the lifeless bodies of the very
poor of all ages and sexes are thrown,
when through the direst poverty a
decent burial is impossible. The de
cent burial in Chinese eves is the ex
pensive service where an abundance of
firecrackers, paid mourners, the burn
ing of money and much feasting is on
the program. Not to comply with the
stereotyped form is considered disgrace
ful, an indication of unfilial piety, and
all this is avoided by having no service
whatever, the corpse being hurled into
the towei at night when no one observes..
The belief prevails throughout the
empire, I am told, that any wrong or
crime must be detected before it is
considered a sin. Therefore every act
of the vilest life is virtuous if unknown
to any other person. If a dozen wit
nesses of unimpeachable character
testify in court that they saw any per
son commit a crime, the person is pro
nounced innocent by the court until
the person confesses. However, a
greater amount of severe punishment
is often administered to compel the
person to confess than is afterward
given as a penalty for the crime after
confession. Every evening at five
o'clock, people desiring to see what is
called bambooing prisoners to secure
confession or as a penalty for confessed
crime or wrong, assemble at the prison
r court of punishment and gaze at the
barbarous treatment as it is adminis
tered. It is in vogue at Shanghai and
at Foochow, and I have reason to be
lieve that it is general. The female
prisoners are lashed in the palms ot
their hands with sharp razor-like bam
boo whips until the blood flows in rivu
lets. The men are stripped until al
most naked, the bamboo switches are
applied to their naked legs until the
parts struck are a pulp. It requires
no imagination on your part to fully
comprehend the bloody spectacle.
When three hundred lashes are pre
scribed, three men execute the sentence,
each administering one hundred lashes
and with a rapidity developed by much
practice. While the sharp bamboo is
doing its work, the writhing, shackled
victim emits a sort of a sing-song yell,
indicative of extreme pain. If the
person stands the ordeal well, salt is
rubbed into the bleeding wounds so that
his misery is multiplied. At lToochov,
a city of probably half a million, mid
way between Shanghai and Hon Kong,
the Rev. W. H. Lacy says the ham
booing is the common practice and
that the Baby Tower is in general use
among the non-christian. In Foochow,
the missionaries passing by this blood
freezing tower, have heard the cries of
children but were unable to rescue
them from their living tomb. Inter
ference would mean death. The stench
arising from this example of national
night is nauseating and to think of in
nocent children being thrust into that
receptacle of filth, vermin and death is
almost sufficient to arouse one to call
for the wotld's knights who are willing
to go forth and die, if need be, for the
emancipation of China.
Much valuable work is being done
and flattering results are observable.
Many individuals and young people's
societies are maintaining schools espe
cially in the Foochow district and the
work is spreading throughout the em
pire. The Bible in the hands of chris
tian teachers has penetrated for 2000
miles up the Yang-tse-Kiang, leaving
transformation along its pathway. The
large American churches have publish
ing houses with commodious quarters
at Shanghai and other strategic points,
and he who offers one word of criticism
0:1 mif'Mij'is .'pi o r ' -. China and
behold with his o.ui &-. il.' mightiest
transformation now in progress in the
world's history. But if he comes here,
lives in a hotel as many do, sres noth
ing more than the bambooing, frantic
funerals and Baby Towers, he will say
missions are a failure and that we had
better call home our representatives.
On the other hand let him make a fair
investigation and he will say that the
English language is impotent to picture
the worth of the work already accom
plished. In Foochow a converted
Chinese gave the missionary society
the first $10,000 to build and equip a
theological school for the training of
workers to go out and rescue his fellow
Chinese from heathenism.
A college chum of mine, Harry
Caldwell, now a missionary and sta
tioned near Foochow, was recently at
tacked by a tiger, but made a narrow
escape. The Chinese are deathly afraid
of the tigers, wild cats, wild dogs,
leopards and wolves that are so com
mon here. Four tigers attacked four
men in a field the other day and only
one man escaped, but the loss of one
or two persons in a family is scarcely
noticed so numerous is the progeny
about every fireside. My friend travels
a district and, being a good marksman,
killed a wild hog that was doing much
damage in a certain lopality, and there
by won the lasting gratitude of the
entire community, which regards him
as a deliverer not only from religious
bondage but also from the pest of the
The Chinese are mound builders to
this day. The very wealthy, who are
scarce, have tombs for the reception of
the dead, but the multiplied millions,
who are in condition to escape the
Baby Tower, are encased in heavy
wood caskets, placed upon the level
ground, and covered with dirt, some of
the mounds rising many feet in height.
The expression of "many feet" is not
very definite, and resembles the state
ment of the American who described
an article in question as being about as
long as a piece of rope. However, the
height of the mounds varies so much
that one cannot risk making any cer
tain height the standard. Some of the
older ones are almost level on account
of many beating rains and the conse
quence of time's ravages, while others
are more than twenty feet in height.
The encroachments of the Yang-tse
have worn away many a mound leaving
the caskets protruding in some in
stances while in others the caskets
have floated away. If all China is
similar to what I have seen, I would
pronounce it one vast graveyard. Look
ing in any of every direction, the fields
present the appearance, of a vast hay
field with haystacks studding every part.
Transform these hay shocks or stacks
into graves and your imagination will
present to you a vivid picture ot a
Chinese plantation, provided, however,
that you get them close enough to each
other. In places they are too close
to permit a self binder to pass through.
As they do not use horses, farming
among the graves is easly performed
and every avilable square foot of ground
is utilized. If this burial custom has
been practiced for two or three thousand
years, one does not need to wonder
why so much ground is now covered
with mausoleums. I am informed that
some of the older fields, having become
covered with mounds and therefore
worthless for farming, have been pur
chased by persons having no relatives
buried therein, and by them have been
reduced to a level for agricultural pur
poses. Wretchedness in living is caused by
wretched thinking. Here the only help,
in many instances, that fs offered to a
sick person besides the usual noise is a
piece of flesh cut from the limb of a
child. This piece is cut, causing the
child much pain; it is fried and eaten
expecting it to cure, Girls, who com
mit suicide because of ill treatment or
because they are taught that it is a
lasting disgrace to be bom girls, are
many in number. Girls are frequently
punished by being stripped, beaten,
and hung up by the feet to the ceiling.
Girls and women are driven like cattle
from place to place and sold. If they
refuse to walk, wheelbarrows or carts
are provided for their transportation.
During one month the merchants re
ported that they could not secure carts
to transfer their merchandise as they
were all engaged in the lighter and
more lucrative business of carrying
women and girls for sale. An English
man employed at Shanghai asserts that
many grown people who die are neither
SuiiL-d uor t!i 'o9 i.ttotV IJ.lv Tiv.w
but are fed to the dogt. Some crush
the body of the deceased to an indistin
guishable mass in order to prevent the
devil which inhabits it from returning
to vex the family. Some drag heavy
chains through the street, expecting the
pest devil or cholera devil to get into
the chain and be crushed. If a person
is taken sick with what they consider a
contagious disease, he is put into a
room; the doors are barred, and the
person is poked with a long pole now
and then to leant whether he is dead.
The lack of sympathy ia general. A
foreign ship while on fire was run
ashore where the Yang-tse Kiang
empties into the sea. Instead of as
sisting the survivors to escape, the
Chinese robbed the passenger who
swam ashore, took their clothes and
several were murdered. A Chinese
hotel keeper refused to admit some
very cold persons because he thought
they might die on his hands. They
remained out in the cold and died.
Formerly a favorite mode of punish
ment was to bury the person alive. The
Shanghai paper gave an account of a
person being given two thousand
strokes with a bamboo and then having
his ankles broken with a hammer. One
man says he saw prisoners being takcu
to jail with their hands nailed to a cart
because the constable failed to bring
his hand cuffs. The Chinese, like the
Japanese, laugh when crying is more
appropriate if there is to be any demon
stration of sentiment. Two men laughed
to soe dogs eating a corpse on the road
side. It is reported of a Chinese that
he laughtcd to sec his most constant
companion dying. That is no more of
shock, coming from a Chinese, than the
excuse of a French lady, who requested
her maid to return the card of a lady
caller waiting at the door, and to in
form her that she was extremely sorry
that the visit must be postponed as she
was then "engaged in dying."
E. C. Ho hn.
t'fo Ui Contluued.)
Order of Hearing.
STATE OF NKltUASKA, I k
llox Hutte County. f
At. 11 county court, held lit tho county court
room, In mid for suld county, January 12, A.
1). littl. 1'roscnt, 1). K. Hpudit, County Judge.
In the mutter nftlio Craig (iouklii t-stntc.
On reading mid Ming the. petition ot Issiuc
Hookey, pruylng 11 final settlement and ullow
imcoor Ills iiccount, filed on tlio 12th duy of
.luiiusry, MO, and for Id discharge.
Ordered, that .limuiiry 31. A. 1). tlKXl, lit U
o'clock 11. in. Is assigned for hearing said peti
tion, when ull persons Interested in Mild mut
ter may uppuurat a county court to bo huld In
und for said county, and show cause why the
prayer of petitioner should not bo granted ;
auif that notice ot tho pendency of said peti
tion and the henrlng thereof, lie given to all
persons interested In said matter or publish
ing a copy of this order In the Alliance 11 mi
ami, a weekly newspaper printed in said coun
ty, for two successive wim'Ics, prior to said day
of hearing. D. K. Spaciit.
(A true copy.) 1-1H-2I County Judge.
Proposals For Jail.
.Notice is hereby given that scaled bids for
tlie erection of a jail building for llox llutto
county will be received at the olHco of the
county cleik until January 17, at 1 o'clock p.
in Plans anil specllleatlons of tho proposed
building may lie inspected at the office of the
I.UUIUJT i-ii-rn. r.uuu uiiiniiuu uv iici.uiiiiaiiieu
by a IkiikI in the sum of 11,500 conditioned for
me raitnrui performance or ui
tiwurded in conformity with the
pnnylng such bond. The county commission
ers reserve the rlcht to re led mid all bids.
l-iB-'Ki S. 1. Hmyhkii, County Clerk.
Taken upon November 24, IHtt.', by the un
dersigned in Nonpareil precinct, two red
steers three years old, one lias some small
white spots on the side. Tho one that Is all
red has an indistinct brand on right hip
which looks like the letter K.
Tho owner of said property can hut utile
same by proving property and paying ex
penses. TilKOIlOUK Loi.VIN. l-23-5t
Order of Healing on Petition for Settlement
State of Nebraska
Uor lluttu County P"
At n county court, held at the county court
room In and for said county, Dec. "'7, A. I). 11W
Present. O. K. 8iacht, County Judge.
In the Matter of tho estate of Joel T. Karl.
On reading mid filing the petition of Win. J.
Karl praying a final settlement and allowance
of his final account, tiled on tlieTth day of
December, lixt,', and for liU discharge.
Ordered, That January 2t. A D. 11x13. at 1
o'clock p. m., Is assigned for hearing said pe
tition, when all persons Interested In said
matter may apearatii county court to bo
held In and for said county, and show cause
why the prayer of petitioner should not be
granted; and that notice of the pendeticy of
said petition, and the hearing thereof, lie giv
en to nil persons Interested in said matter by
publishing n copy of this order In tho Alliance
il KHAi.n, a weekly newspaper printed lu said
county, for two successive weeks, prior to
said day of hearing. D K. SPACIIT,
(A true copy) Seal. County Judge.
In tho County Court of Hon llutte County,
Nki-son Fi.ctciikii I ...
V).. '. Notice to uou-resldeut
(1. S. Ham.. defendant. '
(i.S Hall will take notice thaton the 17th
day of January, i!il. I). K. Spuria, County
Judge In and for Ho Untie county, Nebras
ka, Issued an order of attachment for the sum
of 5.s'i In an action pending befoie him,
w herein Nelson Fletcher Is plaintiff and O. S.
Hull defendant, thai property of defendant
consisting of money has bii'11 attached in
hands of Nellie K. Taylor under said order.
Said cause was continued to the ,1th day of
March, itw.-! at : o'clock a. m.
Nli.son Flkkih.ii, Plaintiff.
Taken up by the undersigned on his
premises, section C, town 28 range 49, five
head of steers; one three-year-old, red
mattled line back; one three year-old, pale
red; one three-year-old, dark red; one;
two-year-old, light red; one two-year-old,
dark red; all marked in left ear, upper bit
or slit in left ear; one branded Jtwo
straight bars up and down on right
hip; no other marks or brands perceivable,
If you want something that is a good
thing for cold weather and dust get Hill's
patent automatic door strip, on exhibition
at Newberry's Hardware, County agent,
W. E. Gillett, 'phone 236. 12-12-tf
A COOL FISHERMAN.
Tbe inrj of Ilovr K landed x Orrmt
How rtowlT now, A little noarer to
tlo shore. There, thut's rlnht. Steady,
now. Thle eddy looks like 11 ro1 place.
Tho left oar; Jtmt u little. Turns that'll
0u. Just by thce Illy pails n large one
wn caught the otbr rtny. (Jpe whtel
Dtri you bee that? A strike, and he
wai n beauty, too an eight poumkv,
I'll bet Back water, quick, till I try
him tiKulii. Steady, now. This In the
place. 1 snv we're m'wd htm. No,
by Jove, there he wiw nKainl Hf'
got It: he's got It! Turn her out Into
deep water. HoV In the Illy adn now
and n goner sure! Thunderutlou, ami
he wiih a montiterl Miwt have weighed
at least ten pounds. No; there he Ih!
lie Is still hooked; he Is all right; he )
free from the lilies; he Is free! Htendy.
now. Tut tin oar In the boat. Hee the
pole. He bends It nearly double. And
doesn't he make the reel tdng! Now
he has turned. He Is coming toward
us! Hand mo that landing net! Quick,
quick! He Is going under tin? bout! He
will snap the Hue! Holy smoke, there
he gow! Grab the line grab the line,
I say! Have you got It? Keep hhu
fast, now. JiiHt a second. Steady, now.
There he goes Into the net. Here he Is
lu the boat. We hare him. He Is wife.
And Isn't ho a beauty V Isn't he n beau
ty, a dandy, a craekerjaek, a peueh?
Ho will go above Rlx pounds, If he
weighs an ounce. Wusn't he lively?
Did you see him make that three foot
leap out of tho water? You didn't?
Man, where were your eyes? How In
now, mid we will weigh him. How
much did you sny? Four jiouiids and
two ounces! l'shaw! That can't bo
right. Your scaleH lire not accurate.
Well, he'H a beauty anyway. It took a
full half hour to tire him out and land
htm. Three minutes, you nay! Oh,
you're mistaken! That can't possibly
be. It was surely longer than that! He
was a fighter to tho last. Excited when
I caught him! Naw; not a bit! Cool as
a cucumber Just n'h I 11111 now. He cer
tainly Is a beauty. Forest and Stream.
THE OLD WOOD FIRE.
Putting: the Illsr Hacking; In Placr
Wan Unite 11 Job.
After the evening chores were done
my father would appear In the doorway
with the hlg haeklog eoated with snow,
often of ampler girth than himself and
fully breast high to him as he held It
upright, canting it one way and anoth
er and walking it before him on Its
wedge shaped end. He would perhapH
stand It against the chimney while lie
took a breathing spell and planned his
campaign. Then, the nndlrons hauled
forward on the hearth ami the bed of
half hurned brands and live coals raked
open, tlfe ley log was walked Into tho
chimney, where u skillful turn would
lay It over, hissing and steaming, In its
lair of hot embers. It seomcoTn thing
alive, and Its vehement sputterhlg anil
protesting made n dramatic moment for
at least one small spectator.
The stout shovel and tongs or perhups
a piece of firewood used as a lever
would force It against the chimney
back; then a good sized utlck, called n
"hack stick," was laid on top of It, nnd
tho andirons were set In place. Across
the andirons another good sized stick
was laid, called a "fore stick," 11 ml In
the Interspace smaller sticks were
crossed and thrust and piled, all quick
ly kindled by tlie live coals and brands.
In very cold wcatlier a fire was kept
burning all night, our father getting up
once or twice to replenish It. Even In
fiummor the coals rarely became ex
tinct. A good heap of them covered
with embera at bedtime would be found
alive when raked open In the morning.
J. T. Trowbridge In Atlantic.
On the morning of the 1st of May,
1((37, there occurred an Incident that,
unnoticed at the time, afterward proved
to be one of the turning points of his
tory. Klght immigrant ships lay in
the Thames ready to sail. A body of
pilgrims were about to emhark, and
Oliver Cromwell anil his famous cous
in, John Hampden, were among them.
But they were stopped at the landing
by a guard of soldiers. The king had
decreed that his subjects should not
leave England. Crojnwell stayed, and
with hhu, as Macaulay wrote, "stayed
the evil genius of the house of Stuart."
Had Cromwell and his friends been al
lowed to carry out their project of em
igration the whole history of the Eng
lish civil war might have remained un
written. A Mlaflt Qnotntlon.
Ail attache of a religious bookstore
has spout wj ninny years of his life
among theological volumes that he Js
Scriptural or nothing, but he sometimes
evolves a misfit. When his attention
was called the other day to a rose neat
ly attached to the lapel of his coat and
an Insinuation thrown out that a lady
friend might have had something to do
with it, he paralyzed the Inslnuator by
saying, "No, sir; I gathered that rosv
from my own vine and fig tree."
The Bachelor I wonder why those
flats are not supplied with warm wa
ter pipes like the others?
The Benedict They are probably In
tended for married men.
The Bachelor Does that make n dif
ference? The Benedict Yes. When a man Is
married, his wife generally "keeps him
lu hot water." Philadelphia Record.
"Do you think my new novel covers
"Well, I caught a brief glimpse yes
terday of a man who had just read It,
aud he was certainly covering the
ground!" Atlanta Constitution.
Dr. AIIcd, dentist, opera house.
-' W . . -
It's an unconditional sur
render ot dirt in bundles
left with us. Improved
methods and machinery
enables us to do this with
out injury to the cloth
no pounding, banging,
tearing or tipping in our
desirable finish, satisfied
customers arc the results
Alliance Steam Laundry I
For a Full
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ovlts far 5aVr
Harvey's Bowling Alleys
1 1 iath ful exercise and amusement for
ladies and gentlemen ....
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5; Hum 1
Audit for tho Ciileiloiiliin.of
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Turning and Scroll
Work and all
Kinds of Shop
GEO. Q. QADSBY,
llrlek Shop West of AIlliuic" Nutlo.ml
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ON DOORS AND WINDOWS.
You can find it with a
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