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About The Alliance herald. (Alliance, Box Butte County, Neb.) 1902-1922 | View Entire Issue (March 20, 1903)
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AROUND THE WORLD.
Canton a Place Where Many Are Bornf Live and
Die on?BoatS"ISo Wheeled Vehicles.
CHINAMAN THINKS HE CAN FOOL HIS GODS
Canton Official Says Forela.n Devils Did Not PlRht rnlrly-Unhcrslty
Examination Hall of li,6t0 CcllsDr.llarn liuys Prescription
from the Confucian God of Medicine.
roiifltiitat from toM wwk.
Cantox, China, Doe. 27. ig2.
DeairitiK a more oxtcmled acquain
tanco with Chinese life as it appears in-;
land, I sailed ninety miles nptho Pearl ;
river to Canton, a city wlioro popnhi-
tion is estimated at three million people, j
two hundred thousand of whom liye in
house boats or junks on the nvor.
Many of them are aKcd and, it is said, j
have never stenncd upon land, born,
marry and crow old in floatuiR hovels.
Canton is not only the largest but is
also tho most unique city 1 ever saw.
Not a wheeled vchicle'was to be seen and
only two or threchorses, which appeared
more lonesome in that sea of humanity
than I imagined I looked. Ah edict
was issued that no street should bo less
than seven feet in width and few arc
more than that as the Chinese arc very
economical of ground. A succession
of business houses, five to twelve feet
square, lined each side of the street,
and each, desiring more 100m, has
placed a sort of a platform in front of
his shop in order to display his goods.
Consequently us I went by, I could -
t.1. ..... If (,. .......in rta Iw.Ml cidno r 1
ueip jujmiii 111 mura w.i m..w. o.o .
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the street at tlie same tunc, w un my
right hand dried rats, or rats just
butchered along with quail, pheasants,
chicken, fish of every kind, meats, etc.,
could be gathered and lodged in -my
chair while my left was gathering
bananas, oranges, cakes and apples, or
at the next shop, separated only by a
thin partition, silks and numerous varie
ties of fancy work, silver, laqucr, and
ivory ware available nl almost give
away prices.1 Those conditions prevail
through the city, a multitude of pur
chase from tho vast empire being
everywhere in evidence.
He who records his conviction that
tho Chinese do not eat rats may rise
and explain why so many rats are dis
played on tho market and sold for cash.
Canton is the city of greatest wealth
and direst poverty. The wealthiest will
never know how much they are worth
while the poor are too poor to afford
rat oflener than once a week. I saw
tho servant of an apparently well-to-do
ffiiitntiftSR throw some scraps into the
filthiest canal the human intellect is
capable of imagining and in an instant
a human form was on the spot with a
pole trying to fish them from the filth,
skum and vermin of that putrid water.
Many of the so-called streets are covered
entirely by the protruding roofs, pre
senting a spectacle that has won for
Canton tho natno of "Strcetless City."
When passing through the city one is
impressed that he is in an immense
building cut up by narrow balls or alleys
where the sun is seldom seen. Tho
stone wall about Canton is twenty-five
miles long, about fifty feet wide and
from twenty to fifty feet in height.
Crude cannons are stationed at inter
vals. I ascended the wall and found
the cannons arranged so that they
could be fired only on a line in front.
The British and French took advantage
of this and marched up to the wall in
lines, therobv avoiding the cannonad
ing, After Canton was taken the offi
cial in charge reported to Peking that
the "foreign devils did not fight fair
as thoy approached in thin linos mak
ing it impossible to use the cannon on
them." In building the walls, the
Chinese had no better idea of war than
to believe that an enemy would stand
up where he could be shot most readily
and easily. If the wealth utilized in
building Chinese walls which . are now
worse than useless hau been expended
in establishing schools and hospitals
the dense midnight darkness of the
present would soon be relegated to the
backwoods of history.
A Chinaman regards aptness at de
ceiving as a necessary qualification to a
successful life, and if deception was
ever reduced to an art it is done in
China. When a storm is approaching,
the Chinaman, fearing that his junk
maybe destroyed, makes a paper junk,
throws it overboard to float where dan
lurks. He does this to fool the god of
the storm into spending his wrath on
the paper junk. The yellow man
reasons that the god of the storm has
decided to destroy a certain number ot
boats and if he can fool him into de
stroying paporonos ho will thereby save
his real junk.
I visited the world renownod Exami
nation hall which has 11,616 cells, each
five and a half feet long, three and two
thirds feet wide and about eight feet
high. Speaking of this institution an
ex-consul general of the United States
' to Hong Kong said, "Next to Peking
tliis was the greatest university in tlio
world. More studunts meet within its
nniirtH ninl stone eill thrill in tllt hntlR
Rm corri(orH of IIlirvardi Yal, Oxford
anJ n t,o ,)i(, lul;vcrflilieB of America
nnd miglari( put togotllor...
j nmm r(jn( of ft 1)oopo 0ulow(jd
wJUj lmticllctJ e(1,ml to tluj cl,jIlcse. To
be ftg im(Ionl a3 tho ciiinese moans
jnoro Umn (q b(, g.nj),y M mtioni ag
Job. No American will continue his
studies and contest in the triennial
examinations for sixty or seventy years
in order to secure his bacholor degree,
but the Chinese do this under circum
stances that would drive a less patient
mid persistent people crazy. The Can
tonese takes a piece of ivory, works it
until it is globular, the size of a base
ball. He next drills four holes through
it, then carve? it with sharp instru
ments until it becomes twelve concen
tric globes. Each of these concentric
globes is beautifully carved and as they
aie turned like a wheel within awheel
they appear to have required such re
markable patience, skill and ingenuity
in their construction that I am forced
tQ nm. tem
and their carvers in a
category to themselves. This work is
useless except to show what can be
done, yet each production finds read
sale at $16 (Mux.) forty-five days being
required to complete each ball. Give
the Yankee the same quality of genius
and he will whittle out something that
will startle the world.
I visited the execution ground where
more men have become victims to the
executioner's sword than were slain in
all the wars waged by Napoleon. The
ground was crimson from the blood of a
batch of vcitimsof a few days previous.
I went to the prison where hundreds of
criminals were chained. Had I waited
I could have seen the long nosed, bra-
zen faced executioner slash off a few come the entering wedge for clearing
heads with his ugly sword, but I was . asunder the chains forged through ecu
nervous enough from exciting scenes turies of darkness binding the orient to
galore and did not care to run the risk the old sunken hulk of the past. With
of withstanding additional shocks. One
of the instruments used in executing a
certain class of criminals is called the
"Ling Chi" and slashes its victim into
a thousand pieces.
The next object of interest visited
was the renowned water clock, built
in 1324 A, D. It is a splendid time
piece so constructed that a drop of
water falls every second and causes a
slide to rise through an opening, indi
cating the exact time from t to 12.
The water must be transferred from
the lower to the higher receptacle at
the expiration of the twelfth hour. It
indicated 12 o'clock when it was one
minute of 12 by my watch. Neither
was much in error for about this time
the 12 o'clock gun thundered across the
city from its position on the banks of
Canton has its quota of temples. At
the Confucian temple dwells the God of
Medicine where prescriptions are sold
for the healing of the people's ills.
After the data regarding the institution
were thoroughly explained to me by an
English speaking native guide, I boldly
approached the keeper of the Medicine
God, offered him a IMexican penny,
Our Leader for
never sold less
Broken lot Children Shoes, all sizes
"Here a chance to show your KNOWING."
Strootman's School Shoes,
"Ask your wife if this SHOE is good"
Men's broken lots, $1.35 to
Good Dependable Goods , .
Remember these Prices till we
"The Early Worm" you know. Its DOLLARS and SENSE
to buy here.
which is the price charged for each pre
scription, received 'my prescription
chosen by tho Confucian priest by lot,
handed it to my guide for translation
into English. After reading it the
guide said, "You hoadachc got. Must
medicine takee in allec small jar,"'
pointing to it at the same time- Since
I never have tho headache I gnvo tho
jar a wide berth, preferring to lot that
juggler know that his trickery had not
deceived mo. The Chinese ate, fanatics
in the use of firecrackers, thoir Fourth
of uly lasting through the your. Fire
crackers are a part ot every program
Fuuorals, weddings and functions of ,
every description are incomplete with -
out that particular kind of noise. When
he goes to the temple to worship His
god of brass or stone, a bunch of fire
crackers accompanies him and the last
cracker is fired inside the temple doors.
When a whole bunch is touched off at
one time, a wire enclosure is used to
prevent them frdm jumping all over the
interior and sotting fire to anything of
a combustible nature. In reply to my
question as to why firecrackers were
used when consulting the God of Medi
cine, the guide replied, "So sick man
get well." In the temple is the Enemy
God where everyone worships that has
an enemy. A representation of the
person is cut out of paper and hung on
the wall by the man who desires to get
rid of his enemy. The guide said it
was done "so enemy not get well."
At the temple of 500 Genii, built in
503 A. D., gods of every description
were on exhibition numbering 500 as
the name indicates, no two being alike.
Canton has a Jiaby Tower, otherwise
it would bo out of fashion.
If I had Carnegie's millions, I would
cease building costly .libraries which
react against the pool' by raising the
rent on adjacent property andat the same
time provide the rich with books almost
, gratis. I would pour out that money
for the rescue of China. The rich can
buy their own books, and besides near
ly every city that is finaucialb able to
comply with the Carnegie conditions in
qrder to get a slice of his wealth, al
ready has a public library with thous
ands of volumes which the working
poor never have time or strength to
read. The cash being given away by
Mr. Carnegie would, if wisely used, be-
that money teachers could be posted
all over the empire whose labors would
bring.forth a hundred fold greater re
sults for the world's civilization than
alcoves of costly bound books, the ma
jority of which will never he read. I
do not discount books in the least, but
I do not believe in giving stones when
the demand is greater for the real bread
of life. E. C. Hour.
Itciiucst to Nominees for Mayor.
To Mr. Louis Buechsenstcin.and Mr. V.
H. Akers, nominees for the mayoralty
Gentlemen As representatives of a por
tion of the voters of Alliance and in behalf
of the interests of every citizen, of the
place, we earnestly request you to answer
affiirmatively or negatively the three fol
lowing questions in order that we may
know explicitly what we may expect in
case of your election. If you should wish
to give a fuller exposition of your policy, it
would he acceptable, but this much at
least we feel to be necessary.
If elected mayor will you
1 Close the saloons on Sunday?
2 Close them every week day night at
3 Prohibit gambling and give it no
Please to publish your answer in the
newspapers of Alliance.
H. P. V. Hoouk.
G. C. Jeffers.
W. M. Howib.
Railroad Men "The Sunflower"
than $3.5o, this sale ....
Mr. JJticchscnstctn Hants to Know.
To HE, SIIK OR IT.
In St. Patrick's day issue of the
somi-wcekly Times, an article signed
by "A Citizen of Alliance" appeared.
It seems that anonymous lottors signed
bv "On Lookers" nnd "Citizens of
Alliance" are making frequent appear
ances of latfl.
Is the Citizen of Alliance a ho, a
slio.or an it? Whatever it may be, ho
she, she," or it, tho courage was not
there to sign, he she or it's name to
the same. ,
Docs he, she or it, live within shadow
of the spire of tiny of our ninny chrrch-
06 or does he. she or it, hide inn den
of vico? The iiume ia kept guarded.
Has such 11 person the right to demand
the exposure of alleged secrets, when
such person has not tho cbuago to sign
the name by which the public knows
the author? You have done the vary
thing that in your warped, imagination
you think some one else has done..
No secret meeting was held to nomi
nate a tickot. About sixty-five repre
sentative citizens were present. The
meeting did not nominate n ticket.
Names were only proposed, petitions
were drawn, and the nominations were
made by those who signed the petition.
All were given an opportunity to parti
cipate in the nomination, and already
more than 250 bona fide cit
izens of Alliance have signified their
satisfaction by signing thcii names to
the nominating petition. The names
have been placed thereon without fear,
The signers have not gone under the
disguise of citizens of Alliance or as
On Lookers. Then again where was
the other petition born? Where was
your meeting that proposed the names?
Was it in a public hall? Was it at a
public place? Was the public invited?
Was or was it not, conceived in in
iquity and brought forth in fraud?
Does any otic Know? If he, she or it
knows, why does iot he, she or it say
so? Why does not the writer sign a
You have seen fit to rush into print
and by insinuations attack me without
having the courage to sign your name.
All my business life has been
spent among von; my life is
an open book; if you can read,
scan its pages, you will know me by
this book. I have been with you at
this placo since the day of the birth of
this little city, I started with a small
beginning. 1 have not very much yet
but you all know what I have and I
have, made it all here. It is all here. I
have assisted in ministering to your
sick, I have helped to bury your dead.
I have subscribed to all that helped to
build up our cit'. I have always stood
for law and order. I have opposed
tyranny and oppression. -Since the first
day of the opening up of my business I
have been patronised by the best and
leading citizens of this city without re
gard to politics, religion, station or
condition in life. My customers are
the same class at this time. It is not
necessary that a cowardly he, she or it
be given further notice. Yours truly,
B. Mewhirter .returned Saturday from a
business trip to Chicago. He left Wed
nesday morning for Dead wood with a crew
of men to put in the Burlington's electric
line there. The line now connects Dead-
wood with Lead City and it is said the
company contemplates extendiugit to
Do you read The Baptist Herald? A
religious paper for every Baptist and the
only one published in the state. Send for
sample copies. Published monthly at Al
liance. Neb.. G. C. Jeffers, Editor.
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My son, Charles B rower, aged fourteen
years, weight 125 pounds, ruddy complex
ion, freckled, wore light colored coat and
blue overalls, when he left his home on
February 7, and when last heard from was
going east or southeast from Alliance
February 12. He rode a roan horse and
saddle was marked "D. N." on side. Any
information will bo thankfully received
nnd rewarded by his father, D.N. Browbk,
If yon want somsthing 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,
V. II. Gillett. 'phone 23O. la-ia-tf
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Souvenirs . . .
? Repairing in all its .
Branches. m '
i IU. CX Barnes,
Jeweler and Optician.
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F. J. Brennan & Co....
and llrilvl' jrkl tlvlVo
Paints, Oils and Wall Paper.
"PTcscvVpVvcms CaTCxWv Cowpowutari.
I Forest Lumber Co.
Xumber nnb i
Estimates Cheerfully Given. - ?
WE MAKE ALL
In the Springtime .
When you feel tired, listless, lazy, worn
out, that's when you need a good blood
purifier, tonic, bracer. What you need is
a bottle of our Sarsaparilla. Braces you up, makes
you feel good and purifies the blood. Get a bottle of
us. If you're not satisfied let us know, and we'll re
fund the money ; that's a fair proposition isn 't it ? We
wouldn't make it if we were not sure of our
preparation. Now's the time don't delay.
J. S. HEKINEY, Proprietor.
Dealers in Hides, Tallow, Furs,
Cow and Horse Hide Robes,
Leather and Saddlery Hardware
L. C. BURNETT, M'gr.
Nebraska City. Nebraska.
Is Ono of the Most Up-to-Date Drug
Stores In Nebraska
Watches and Diamonds.
Fine Watch Repairing . ,
aSpecialty. "?r x
P. E. HOLSTEN,
To whom this may concern:
I have this day given my son, Rudolph
O. Mastrude, his time. I will not collect
any of his wages nor be responsible for
any debt contracted by him.
Alliance. March 7, 1093.
Estr.wbo From Alliance, March 13,
sorrel horse, four years old, weight about
850, no brands, had halter and straps and
crfhvas blanket on when he left barn.-1-
If you want any painting or paperhnng
ing done cull on Frank McFarland. AJ1
work guaranteed first-class. "PhoneSs.
Hail orders promptly
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