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The using up of old straw in this way might be practiced by many farm ers with advantage. A Hawaiians Impressions in For eign Lands.
JVo. 4. Continued from page 10 We had a chance one day to test the endurance of the chairman.
Charter tf a number of chairs manned each by four eoolies they conveyed us up J , , , , , the winding and well graded road to 4, , . . . e the signal station at the top of the peak anJ in half a llour brought us down again with a trot without show ing the least signs of exhaustion.
The view from the top of the peak 1812 feet above the level is grand.
Be neath you is the city, before you the bay with all its marine life, the sur rounding islands, the whole sweep of! the mainland and the contour of the island of Hongkong itself. j On the hill and back of the eitv are j some handsome suburban residences . . , , . . . a1j a botanical garden with terraces, louIlluins a weI protected collec tion of plants and flowers.
Some of the residences are Most picturesquely situated right on the top of the hill.
Some of the streets look very gay and pretty at night, for in addition to the numerous gaslights, gaily colored Chinese lanterns are hung out over nearly every shop, and these with the brilliant colors of the sign boards and the rows of flower pots that adorn the overhanging balconies, have a gay and lively effect, and form a brilliant and fantastic vista as you look down the street.
In great contrast to civilized char acteristics of 3 longkong is the city of Canton, the great southern capital of China, with its population of about 2000000. We made the excursion there one day though some doubts were express ed in Hongkong about the safety of such a trip, for the Cantonese are the most turbulent and ill natured of Chi nese and have not yet recovered their temper from the recent riots and have generally an intense hatred of the foreign devil t We took passage one morning in a large river steamer built on the Amer ican plan and owned by a Chinese C. who run two steamers a day to Canton which make the passage of ninety miles up the river in about seven hours.
The scenery up the river, composed of rocky islets, protruding mountain masses, fishing villages in sheltered inlets and field of rice and also the numerous junks on the river, is very novel but monotonous.
The vessel was crowded with Chi nese passengers, but our party of six were the only ones in the saloon.
The great display of rifles, revolvers and cutlasses in the saloon and pitot house indicates anticipated dangers and the possibility of adventure.
Indeed, our captain who is a young American of about o years of age has had several serious adventures in this line and in forms us that we would be expected to assist in using these arms in case of necessity.
The fears oi navigating this river are not from people on short; but from the floating river population who live on and infest the river in their mi nicious junks as fishermen, traders or anything else that may turn up.
They alv hardy, rookie, daredevil spcei H u s. born smugglers, rowdies and pirates generally.
It was only two years ago. a crowd j onmMftltoamersanaat a given j siuai iuh ho aim inuruereu ine om cers, crew and passengers and made oil with an immense booty.
But no trouble of such nature hap pened to u, and looking among the Chinese passengers we found them singing, laughing and generally as merry as could be.
The fust objects ot interest we see ; are the Bogue forts at a narrow en ; trae to the river proper.
They Are now substantial forts of modern con struction, but in IStO when the Eng lish demolished the old forts thev i were only open earth works which the Fmglish easily took from the rear, though the Chinesr said it was not fair, as those foits were made to light from the front side.
All along the river from this point are numerous forts flying the yellow dragon flag of China.
Kventually we came to the ancient city of Whampoa, and just before it the Chinese are building a large bridge or barricade right across the river which they propose to line with torpedoes in anticipation of a French attack on Canton.
There is to be a drawbridge in the centre to allow craft to pass through.
Arrived at Canton we were uncer tain what to do, for the captain warned us to look out But Ah Cum, a Chinese guide, came to the vessel and assured us he could conduct us through the city with safety, so we accepted his services and followed him.
Taking a number of chairs we were hurriedly borne through a network of extremely narrow and crooked alleys lined with shops of all kinds, crowded with people most industriously at work; a surging mass of people mov ing along amid most stilling smells and filth, especially in the region of the numerous meat shops vhere rats, cats and dogs meat was being retailed out in bits, though I saw one aristo cratic coolie buy a whole cat.
We soon became conspicuous ob jects of attention and were greeted with scouls, jeers, hoots and spitting.
We, perforce, bore it all good natur ed ly though not without some con cern, for in the very narrow highway the least jostling or accidental provo cation might have inflamed them and

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