. The American florist : a weekly journal for the trade. Floriculture; Florists. I70 The American Florist. Nov. 15, Chinese Sacred Lily. The fact that great anxiety existed in the minds of people to learn the origin of the Chinese sacred lily induced us to procure at great expense, the services of two antiquarians and three linguists, whose labors after close study and careful research for a period of one hundred days and two hundred nights, have been rewarded by the elucidation of the follow- ing graphic and concise history: TRUE TRANSLATION OK THE CHINESE LABEL ON THE BASKETS, GIVING THE HIS

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. The American florist : a weekly journal for the trade. Floriculture; Florists. I70 The American Florist. Nov. 15, Chinese Sacred Lily. The fact that great anxiety existed in the minds of people to learn the origin of the Chinese sacred lily induced us to procure at great expense, the services of two antiquarians and three linguists, whose labors after close study and careful research for a period of one hundred days and two hundred nights, have been rewarded by the elucidation of the follow- ing graphic and concise history: TRUE TRANSLATION OK THE CHINESE LABEL ON THE BASKETS, GIVING THE HIS
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. The American florist : a weekly journal for the trade. Floriculture; Florists. I70 The American Florist. Nov. 15, Chinese Sacred Lily. The fact that great anxiety existed in the minds of people to learn the origin of the Chinese sacred lily induced us to procure at great expense, the services of two antiquarians and three linguists, whose labors after close study and careful research for a period of one hundred days and two hundred nights, have been rewarded by the elucidation of the follow- ing graphic and concise history: TRUE TRANSLATION OK THE CHINESE LABEL ON THE BASKETS, GIVING THE HISTORY OF THE SACRED LILY. On the 4th of July, 1576, Hi Kin Foo, gieat and immortal Kmperor of all the Chiuas and brother-in-law to the moon, 'was out gunning for reed birds in the marshes around the Island of Juan Fer- nandez, which is arouud the corner from the Island of Pekin. His attention was drawn to what he supposed to be a beau- tiful bird, but which proved to be one of the many lilies growing there. It was afterward discovered that they were planted by Robinson Crusoe, private sec- retary to Christopher Columbus, who had a summer residence there. The Kmperor dug them up and brought them home to his palace intending to put them in his greenhouse, but his cook happened to see them and supposing they were onions took them into the kitchen, cut them up and was about to put them in the pot. But the Kmperor hearing of it ran into the kitchen and dragging the cook out ordered her to be beheaded in two places and hung in three. Then she was cut up and boiled in her own pot and buried in ihe kitchen garden back of the palace along with the remains of the lily roots she was cutting up. But the germs of the lilies had life in them, and the old cook providing good fertiliz ing material they grew to a wonderful size and excited the admiratiou of the whole China world. The Kmperor placed two companies of soldiers over them as guard. They had two cannons. One was loaded with the pieces

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