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Pskikg, Cat.VA, Feb. 12, 1SS5.
The three grat events of a persons
life are flaidjto be their birth, marriage
ami death. I believe iti so with the
Chinese. Considering these events. I
prefer to speak of the latter. Tn oth
r word I will speak of a Chinese fun
eral. How well I shall be able to de
bcribe this I am not prepared to say,
for if you could, imagine one's leelincj
at sicht of such performances! you
would not wonder if he failgd in giving
.all the minutiu). The funeral scrvujes
do not t'ike place until at least from
three to five days after the" demise.
' during which time preparations are
being, made for the fcrand fend oft of
the spirit. If the house is small it is
made jongor, or perhaps higher, by
bamboo poles, applied in the way of
acaffultlin;;. These are covered by
matting'so as to make a3 many rooms
as dcsircable. When complete! it
makes a very neat Appearance In one
room the coflin stands surrounded by
all of their curious objecU. the idispen
Bible incense on all occasions. Besides
other hinj;s there stands a lare cart
and horse, life-size, and all the things
which the spirit will need to make a
j;ood appearance in- the new world,
(these are ail made of paper), and
then when the spirit returns the night
of the third day these arc all burned
in front of the house, amid all 'manner
of ceremonies. The" spirit iiavinjr re
ceived the send off the funeral "will fol
low in a few days. In the absence of
hearses tho preparations are much
more imposing. Hero ihe body is
carried to iu resting place in cata
falque, which are oi various sizes. I
have seen some which were in the
following proportions, Viz: -Two crim
f on polos, oach about 30 feet long and
six inches in diameter, surmounted by
a sort of pavilion, rich m colors and
ornaments of black, red, and gilt,
which gives it rather a prand appear
ance. This was borne by 64 men, 10 at
either corner, it neing so arranged by
the addition of smalt poles that, they
walk in lours, and thus ao enabled to
walk' very gracefully 9 along. The
mourners usually follow behind in se
dan chairs, omv'heelbarrows or on loot.
The entire performance is like other
countries and depends-upon how well
off the subject of the occasion was, or
how much' is friends cared to lavish
upon him for his journey to the hap
pier flower garden beyond the setting
sun. In many cases the friends do not
accompany the deceased to his resting
place, but "contract with the priests to
secure for him a lucky abiding place,
al!o to provide as many mourners a
w.l! give resoect and solemnity to the
occasion, and they act as masters of
ceremonies in a way that" will drive
many to tears. If a good round price
ha3 been paid, the ceremonies arc
.much more impressive. As they
inarch through, the streets there are
. two coolies with drum?, and two with
Kongs, and about every ten steps they
apply their stuffed clubs with such' Vi
olent desperation that the living stand
aghast, and.you almost think a thun
derbolt has cracked your ears. Then
comes a hoard of standard bearers with
. banners and sycee to assist the priests
in carrying out his respects in behalf
of the friends of the deceased. Tho
mourners are professionals and em
ployed on all occasions to wail, howl,
and wring their bands and handkcr
chiefs (which arc said to have been
previously dipped in a basin of water.)
The mourners are dressed in white,
whilst all the coolies are uniformed in
Much a style as to make one smile at
the ridicnlouslets of such proceedings'.
At the crossing of each street the cool
ies stop to rest, :is their burden is very
heavy and they become wean. Here
the priest drops upon his knees and
with head upon the ground he remains
bo until some paper sycee is burned
around him. In many instances the
priest claims that the dragon has fol-
, lowed him and has possession of that
man's soul, and will not release him,
without some of tho genuine sycee,
t which iieans money, and thus" the
poor heathen is again robbed of his'
'money which he so much stands in
need of, by giving it to those wicked
Srrests who so wickedly deceive them,
nt no sooner has the money been
. placed in the nands of the ' priest than
the dragon is satisfied and gone, and
tho. procession moves on as evidence
thifthedragon is pacified. Sycee is
tho name of the com of this countrv.
It is a chip or block of silver or ' gold
and is cast in the shape of a . Chinese
"ady'e shoe, and arc in length from one
to thirty inches, and way irom 1 to 300
ounces. Thus uppn funeral occjisions
the sycee that is buried is only picture
money.bought for tho occasion, and
after pleading with Joss for his blessing
they chuck down, to him this worthless
stuff, thus acUilly cheating him out of
his blessiug. But to the priests must
comedown the actual coin. Iinnniin
my feelings at sight of my first Chinese
funeral when I heard
and squealing bujrles,
those gongs, and saw the piles of burn
mg paper,? mockery of monev. with the
moaus and wails of women filling the
air with terror. Could any one whose
heart was less thau adamant look upon
. suoh a scene as this without being
moved tq pity and express sighs, anil
even drop tears of sincerity beyond
question? You stand aghast at each
sound, and linger to catch the mourn-
;ful wail as it approaches you. The in
animate.rem&ms of a dear father or
' mother have already passed, encased
.in the usual manner complimentary
uponsuch' occasions. You can not
but believe that Ihe elderly woman
. robed in a snow white garb, while her
face is drawn in to all kinds of contor-
"tions of grief is otherwise than the wife
of the household, the mother of those
young ladies who follow in that solemn
train, on wheelbarrows, broken hearted
and lonely at the death of that parent
al adviser, to their last, resting place.
Their atnsitive cries and grief were all
in keeping witn their mother. Imag
ine my surprise, if you can, when a
, friend told 'me that- those mourners
were not'trieeds. but that they were
only .piofeseionals employed ani paid
fc the occasion. And thus it is that
the third and last event of man is cele
brated in Um celestial kingdom, and
on J after another they are. carried to
their resting place outside the city, for
mo ojie is Mrer buried inside the city
wall. 'This wall k 60 feet high, ' 50 feet
thick at its base and 30 at the top.
Tbereare numerous roadways reach
: A ttlan from the inside so it is a
gne place to go to walk and to 'see all
ver the city and country around, a
totcriptioa of which might be of inter-
sttHit as time 'will not admit I will
reserve that for some future time.
With good health and prospects i re
niiDvoar friend L.D.JJESXEr.
& ttaSyoariritnd L.JW)r. gygf D63t !H IflC YrQJ-.de
: FeaKtvftsf Review of Preet Co-
There is everywhere a rcviral of the
spirit of national aggrandizement and
"jpperial ambition. Under the now
avowed head of the great German dio
twtor. the nations of Europe are run-
ng a race to extend their borders by
unuest and annexation among1 the
weak and uncivilized. Then; is to-day
a fcrarablefor Africa. a3 there, was for
merly a scramble -for Asia; and the
scramble in Asia, pr in Polynesia, is
only less urgent for the moment, in that;
r therivalrv is just now the keenest in
Africa. lJut in Asia, in Africa, m Poly
nesia, the strong nations of Europe are
strupgbug fo found empires by violence,
fraud, or aggression.
Three distinct wars arc being waged
in the East, ami iu Africa alone our sol
diers and our Government are asserting
the rule of the sword in the North, on
the East, in the center, on the South,
and on tlic'U'est at the same time. Five
3'ears agw we were told that for England .
at least there was to be some lull in this
career of blood and ambition. It was
only, we see, a party cry, a device to
upset a government. TL're has beeu
no lull, no pause in the scramble for
empire. The empire swells year bv
year; year by year fresh wars break
out; year by year the burden of empire
increases whether Disraeli or Gladstone.
Libpral or Conservative, are the actual
wielders of power. The agents of the
aggression, the critics, have changed
sides; the Jingoes of yesterday are tho
grumblers of to-day, and the peaceful
patriots of yesterday are the Jingoes of
The empire and its appendages are
even vaster in i85 than in 1880; its re
sponsibilities" are greater: its "risks and
perplexities deeper; its enemies stronger
and more threatening. And in the
midst of this crisis those who condemn
this policy are fewer;
come few and faint.
sects, can see nothing unrighteous in Mr.
Gladstone; tlio Liberal caucuses stifle
airy murmur of discontent, and force
thoso who spoke out against Zulu,
Afghan, and Transvaal wars to justify,
by the tyrant's plea of necessity, the
massacre of 'Egyptian fellahs anil tho
extermination of Arab patriots. Thoso
who mouthed most loudly about Jingo
ism are now the foremost in their ap
peals to national vauitv. And the iar-
:isitcs of the parasites of our great Lib
eral statesman can make such hubbub
in his utter absence of a policy tliat
they drive him by sheer clamor from
one'adventure into another. For nearly
four j'ears now wo have continuously
protested against the policy pursued in
Year after yenr wo have told Mr.
Gladstone that it was blackening his
whole career au'd covering our country
with shame. There is a monotony
about'our protests. I'ut, when there is
a monotou3' in evil doing, there must
alike be monotony in remonstrance.
Wo complain that the blood and treas
ure of this nation should be used in or
der to flay the peasantry of the Nile, in
the interest of usurers and speculators.
We complain that we practically annex
a people whom we will not govern and
cauuot benefit. .We are boldly for what
in tho slang of the dav is called -."scuttling"
out of Egypt." Wo think the
robber and thd oppressor should" scuttlo
as quickly as possible that, he is cer
tain, to seuttle some day. We complain
of massacring an innocent people mere
ly to give our traders and mouty deal
ers larger or safer markets. We com
plain of all the campaigns and battles
as wanton, useless, and unjust massa
cres. We especially condemn tho wan
in the Soudan as wanton anil unjust
even in the avowal of the very Ministers
who aro urging it. The defender of
Khartoum was a man of heroic qualities
and beautiful nature; but the cause of
civilization is not served by launching
among savages a sort of Pentateuch
knight errant. And we serious' com
plain tliat, the policy of a gren.t country
in, a great issue of right and wrong
should be determined bF schoolboy
shouting' over the feats .of "our English
Garibaldi. Frederick- Harrison, in Ute
An Entorprl8hin; Roliable Houso
Henr' Cook can alwasjbo re bed.
upon, not onlyto cam in stock the
bestof every ihhig, but to s'oeure the
agency for such articles as have well
known merit, and arcpopuhir with the
people, there b sustaining the reputa
tion ot being alwav's enterprising, and
veny reliable. Having seeiired the
agency for the celebrated Dr. King's
.New l)iscover' for consumption, will
sell it on a positive guarantee. It wtll
surely cure any and ever3' affection of
the throat, luugs, and cheat, and to
show our confidence, we iuviue you to
call and get a trial bottle-free.
An Answer Wanted.
Can any one bring us a case of kid
ney cor liver complaint that Electric
Bitters will not speedily cure ? We
say they cannot, 'as .thousands of cases
already permanently cured and who
are dailyrecommeudiug Ele2tric Bit
ters will prove. BrighOs disease, dia
betes, weak back, or any urinarV com
plaint quiokl' cured. They purify the
olood, regulate the" bowels, and act di-rcctl-
on the diseased parts. Every
bottle guaranteed. For, sale at 50 cts.
a bottle by Henry Cook. '
Always Sure. Cream tarter and
soda arc the ohby necessary materials
for the manufacture of baking powder,
starch Hour and filling of any kind are
simply dead weight for which the con
sumer pays an enormous price. .De
Lands Chemical baking powder con
tains only craa.ni Tarter and soda,
never sokf in bulk, is full weight, very
economical, and makes delicious and
healthful, pastry. Please try it and if
not as represented, return and get
your money back.
- Backlca's Araka Salre.
Th&best salve in the .world for cuts
bruises sores, ulcers,4 salt rheum
fever sores, tetter, chapped hands
chilblains, corns and all skill eruptions
and positively cures piles, or no pay
required. It is guranteed to give per
fect satisfaction, or money reran ed.
rrice cents per oox.
Advice to others.
re yoa dkturttd at nljlit aad brakes of your
rest by a sick caild suffering au J crying wiia
pant ox cuttius teeth? If se scad aioaeeaad
tret a bottle of 3!rs Winsluw's sootbln: iyrep
for children TceUuiig. Its value is InoilculaMo,
Depeud upoa-it mothers, there i uo wbtake
fcbuut it. it cores dyseatory aad dUrrbaea, reg
ulates the stomach aad bowels, cares Klsd coke
Kives toue a&d energy to the wacie system. Mrs
Widow's sootli.njt svruii foreiiUdrea teelhlHg
Is pleasant to tUe uste.'aadis Ute preseriptiea
Of uite of Uk oldest and best female nurses aad
physicians in Uxo United States, aad Is for s.-Oe
by aU .dru?slsts l&rous&wit Ue trurid. Ittce W
edits ptt cotUe.
Tke Htl Coifka.
Tliis summer resort near the "Old
Magncsian Chalybeate" and "Cplfax"
minera1 spring?, at Colfax, lowu, 24
miles east of Dcs Moines and 333 west
of Chicago, on the Hock If land and
Pacific Ky, will be opened on May C,
for the season of 1SS5. This splendid
hotel can accommodate 3G0 guesU.
All its appointments are first-ciasf. I:?
tables nre supplied with all the sub
stantiate and delicacies, and its parlors,
reading and sleeping rooms4with every
convenience. Croquet, billiards, bew.1-1
ing alleys and other facilities for recre
ation. Thaver's orchestraencged for
the season. Thp grounds include the
"Old M C" and Colfax springs, which
are uneoualed for their remedial vir
tues. Thousands certify to tlretr effi
cacy; they arc a powerful alterative
ami tonic, and an infallible cure for
rheumatism, dyspepsia, indigestion
and other ailment--. The Hotel Colfax
furnishes the water fresh from the or-
iginal fountains for drikingjandlbath
ing, hot and. cold. Its charge are
moderate, $10 per week anil upward.
Parties desiring quarter? for the .sum
mer should seeure them at once.
Xottrs wbn."y:vf tbt 1 will exsmnrtj ll
purxjns why may desire i offer themselves .
cftnthdatc-i f r ttvieJifT of tli? cwiiaio'n srhoo3
uf.Wl)lrcomi! at idv ofm In Jled rloml on
ho thlnl BatiintaVofvachmoiitli. Ex-unlHatlnjis
o wintwnrr at W a. m. loi.ot 3k for vioclal
flUUSltiatilMI. C. W. Sl'KlNOKK.
Cnty ifaycrin!jni!ent of public Instruction.
Oook k MeBoham
Drugs; . . "
Peiints, ' . ..
.' : Books,
Etc., Etc. Etc.
Pre8cription carefully compounded
at all hour.
Morhart & Fultcn,
HAVE ESTABLISHED A
. . AT WELLS,
Fortlic accommodation of the prople of that
vlcjiiity. Thcv aro tnlly jri'pnrcd to jrlve the
leoile tr Vclls mid vicinity Just what
. they waut in tl'ellnuor
And In f;ieteverytninccanle found atu urstorc
that is usually kept In a first-cl;i$ Loi.c.
We would hu pleased to have jH-'ople i-all o. us
when in need of liardware. Our prlvcs wi."
, always W r-ionallc and in koepms with
the demand of the times.
We very respectfully solicit your trade ho)inj:
lhat it will prove heuellcial to both.
MjDKHAirr & FULTOX.
Tho Jolly Joliot, Josiah John. Ja
cobs " Jumpiuff Jack " and Royal
Georgo, Lutz's tried and trao torri
blo tourh trotting: "Turkish Tri
umph" -will stand tofirothor at Rod
Oloud, this year.
iidUiMsmiitte BROAD CLAIM eiwutli
TSEY BEST 0FB<ZN9,
HOSTFEBTSCT C0ISQI6 ST07B
Ever offered to tke FfcUc
I W. 99" ' i
Jptd to children that
I recommend It
ksova to ae."
cr to tay p'ncr.;ioa
Ill So. O;
l, tr&okfyn, X. T.
M An ahsoitiM rare, for Kheamatism, Sprmias Paiu la B
T tho Hack, Items, Galls, c. An Instantaneous Palm
U reliovin; oni llcalin; Hcmcdy. I
NEW LIVERY STABLE
McAvoir & Fanell.ProTJS..
Are now fully proparod!
o fill orders
AlEO, will food and
Tatea. Our feodii
Where will be found evec'thinx
Sugars, Teas, Coffees, Sirups,
Clieese and Crackers,Tobaccos, Cijrara,
Hoping by fair dealing tq merit aVi.aroJof thejmblic patronage,
ee me. '
IN FEATHERllE Y'S BUILDING-, . .
Opposite he Cliicago Lumber Yard.
WILL PrtOSHER, .Prop
RED OLOUD, NEB.
hlwi ran, uk us
SEWING MACHINE8, ETC.
jm "CmIJmbPBW mmE
Thiirsday, April 30th 1885.
35 Head of BnllS, Co'sand Heifers, of Superior Quality
Thii stock is in good breeding condition, and not an soimal batwbat
if a regular breeder AU the cows and HeiTers that are ottioab are
bred and a number soon due to cal Gattle win be at Hastings, a wee
bS?ia Sate to commence at 1 o'clock , -
TBRMS Tea modtha tim niiiMr .rfnc note with approred
sasi ist ilti- 44aa Arv
JPor cataiocao or informs
"F " wivptTcen
or oc j ULU6HSAD, H
we aiso xasjee a sale a
Catri ecn Celie. Coalpain,
Soir Stomach. DiarxlKv. KroctaUon.
Kills Womu. rive ataep, and eroaiGtaa A
for Livory ricre, c, on short notlco
by day or wook at raneonablo
: ihcuiuos are nrai-cjass. xou patron
e respectfully solicit 3d.
Evftj ra ffS 3l H fS
TJnequalcd" Tfor tronoral purposoa
may bo, found at this barn
Commercial Barn, Hed Cloud
in ttie jrocftrv line, tuch as
Ham, Dried Beef,
FccdJGlass and Queenswnrc
In all kintfi .-
Dr- J. S EMIGH
RCO CLOUD XEK.
Office Work a, Specialty.
tMxxiistgM Ir7 on hand. OfJ
Cattle, at Hatlnga, Keb on
inquire of Henry Sftedd, ""Hsatiags, Kb
ER, WaanlBtfton, icrwa
Neb, May o
COAL LUMBER ETC.
MARBLE and GRANITE WORKS '
Good stock and fine work is our mott3
and prices to suit the times. If in need o
a nythirg in cur ine do not fail to call and
examine our specimens. H
OFFICE AND TARD. Corner Elm St, Red Tourtti AY.
Lockbox S22, RED CLOTJD, NEB
The Guide Rock Flouring Mills!
COLUMBIA & CO., Proprietors.
Guide Rock, Webster County, Nebraska
ABB CONSTANTLY MANUFACTORINC! TIM
FIKSET GRADES Or
Family and Patent Flour, Meal,
From ths vory bofitnmtoriaK which thoy aro wholwllntf to
at hard pun pricoa, Thoy auarmnto thlr flour.
CorroHpondonc BOllcltod from dmler In Nobrk and K
This colobratod flour in for oio
AC.&C. Itrwurlnp n 'ralry. Al klmli
Highest Market Prices Paid I
Also eggs, in season, from High Class Wy-
m tiMAmtAfirrKO WITH TMf
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Hosford & Young,
Poultry and Produce
RED CLOUD, NEB.
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