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. China, its marvel and mystery. ly in this district withsalt-smugglers and the like, and not knowing if thethief might be in league with others, my friend insistedthat our guns should be loaded, and said, if he saw thecoolies, he would tell them to shout before coming onboard, as I was going to fire on any one who came onwithout warning. My friend, by the way, could not ride till two daysbefore this, but having done from twenty-five to thirtymiles each day, now felt quite equal to anything onhorseback. It was a case of needs must, which, afterall, generally finds an Englishman ready. How peac

. China, its marvel and mystery. ly in this district withsalt-smugglers and the like, and not knowing if thethief might be in league with others, my friend insistedthat our guns should be loaded, and said, if he saw thecoolies, he would tell them to shout before coming onboard, as I was going to fire on any one who came onwithout warning. My friend, by the way, could not ride till two daysbefore this, but having done from twenty-five to thirtymiles each day, now felt quite equal to anything onhorseback. It was a case of needs must, which, afterall, generally finds an Englishman ready. How peac Stock Photo
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. China, its marvel and mystery. ly in this district withsalt-smugglers and the like, and not knowing if thethief might be in league with others, my friend insistedthat our guns should be loaded, and said, if he saw thecoolies, he would tell them to shout before coming onboard, as I was going to fire on any one who came onwithout warning. My friend, by the way, could not ride till two daysbefore this, but having done from twenty-five to thirtymiles each day, now felt quite equal to anything onhorseback. It was a case of needs must, which, afterall, generally finds an Englishman ready. How peaceful and calm it all seemed when they hadgone. The night not moonlight, but yet not dark, withtwinkling stars overhead, how quiet and serene it was!My thoughts were with my work, and the anxiety to befit for it next day worried me far more than the wretchedtheft of my dollars. I lay in my chair on the deck, inthe warm night air, thinking of all the quiet beauty. The fireflies buzzed round, the great flying-beetles were trying 72. %^.l* ?•• $ ^ WATER-BUFFALO AT WORK IN THEPADDY-FIELDS HANGCHOW CITY to get in at my curtained windows to the light. Mos-quitoes came at me with a hum. In a swamp near bythe frogs croaked intermittently. The bull-frog wouldstart the concert with his deep croak ; another and anotherwould join in, until the air was full of their noise. Thenit would all stop just as suddenly, and for a few momentspeace reigned. Then the scissor-grinders would starttheir shrill note. No lack of life here. By-and-by Iturned in, and, amidst this peaceful noise, went to sleep.But in the small hours I was roused by loud shouting.I lay for some moments to collect my thoughts, thenremembered that this would be my coolies. They hadreturned to rest while others continued the search. Earlymorning brought in the others, and a note from myfriend to the effect that the Consul and the police werecoming out to see me that day. I groaned as I thoughtof my work on the lake, but had to

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