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that nobody could see[Pg 379] them, and she danced a

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round on her stilts as though she had been accustomed to them all her life. In fact, the whole party were quite at home on their stilts, and would have been an attraction in any part of Am

erica. Whenever the Chinese try to do anything of th

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is sort, they are pretty sure to do it well. JUGGLER SPINNING A PLATE. JUGGLER SPINNING A PLATE. "Then there were jugglers spinning plates on sticks, and doing other things of a charac

ter more or less marvellous. One of their tricks is

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to spin the plate on two sticks held at right angles to each other, instead of on a single stick, as with us; but how they manage to do it I am unable to say. They make the plate whirl ver

y fast, and can keep it up a long time without any a

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pparent fatigue. GAMBLING WITH A REVOLVING POINTER. GAMBLING WITH A REVOLVING POINTER. "We passed several men who had small establishments for gambling, not unlike some that are known

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  • in America. There was one with a revolving pointer on the top

    of a horizontal table that was divided

  • into sections with different marks and numbers. The pointer h

    ad a string, hanging down from one end

  • , and the way they made the machine work was to whirl the poin

    ter, and see where the string hung whe

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  • n it stopped. The game appeared to be very fair, as the man wh

    o paid his money had the chance of whi

  • rling the pointer, and he might do his own guessing as to wher

    e it would stop. If he was right, he w

  • ould win eight times as much money as he had wagered, since th

    e board was divided into eight spaces.

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If he was wrong, he lost all that he put down, and

was obliged to go away or try his luck again. The temptation to natives seems to be very great, since they are constantly gambling, and sometimes lose all the money they have. Gambling is so great a vice in China that a good many of its forms have been forbidden by the government.[Pg 380] The case is not unusual of a man losing everything he possesses, even to his wife and children, and then being thrown naked into the streets by the proprietor

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of the place where he has lost his money. FORTUNE-TELLING BY MEANS OF A BIRD AND SLIPS OF PAPER. FORTUNE-TELLING BY MEANS OF A BIRD AND SLIPS OF PAPER. "We stopped to look at some fortune-tellers, who were evidently doing a good business, as they had crowds around them, and were taking in small sums of money every few minutes. One of them had a little bird in a cage, and he had a table which he folded and carried on his back when he was moving from one place to another. When he opened business, he spread his table, and then laid out some slips of paper which were folded, so that nobody could see what the

re was

inside. Next he let the bird out of the cage, which immediately went forward and picked up one of the slips and carried it to his master. The man then opened the paper and read what was written on it, and from this paper he made a prediction about the fortune of the person who had engaged him. "There was another fortune-teller who did his work by writing on a plate. He had several sheets of paper folded up, and from these he asked his customer to select one. When the selection was made, he dissected the writing, and showed its meaning to be something so profound that the customer was bewildered and thought he had nothing but good-fortune coming to him. We tried to get these men to tell our fortunes, but they preferred to stick to their own countrymen, probably through fear that they would lose popularity if they showed themselves too fr

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