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CHINESE LUCK STICKS. CURIOUS SUPERSTITIONS OF AU- MOMD EYED "JOHN." S1iftkl«B n nnndlo of Odd Little Stick* In , Tell What (ho Ftttnro ContAtna— A Pro- fcAttor Who I:* plain* and Gold » Rnp nt Christ Iftns by ni» Compurlsoit!*. "Chtnnmnn, lilm no flaltleo; him gotten no . Tlmt was thfl fiuthorltativo ntal«rent mailo by "HliorlfT 1 Tom I^oo, tlio wary old lender of Iho Mntt Ptmit CclcaMftls. Tom L/X' hail boon nskrcl about tho mysto- Hous demons of tho elements (o whom every orthodox Chlnfunnn offers dally propitiatory sncrl flees. Tho nlwrifF hlmsnir shortly nftor daylight tho othur mornluE wcmloil hia wny to th" Joss house nt No. 10 Motfc street nrnl umdu numerous offerings, nntl tlicn shook tho "luck fcttckn." Tlmt Isn't what tho Celestials cnll thorn, liutthntl* the rnonnini;. There nro 100 of thorn, n bout tho P!::O of lend pencils, tnporing ton blunt point nt either end. Kueh stick has n nuinlwr on it. All nro held in n Httlo jwrcelMn enso. rwovnnns ON A STICK. Tho hopofiil Chiiiimmn takes tho cnw> In both hands and filKvktrs It vigorously until ono of thosth'itsdropsout. This sometimes means n shake of four or live- mlntitos and bends of jwrspirrit ion Htnnd on tho shaven forehead of tho son of Cathay Iwforo hick comes. Aitd lio don't look upon It ns chance, cither, but.ns tho personal fooling of tho gods toward him. When tho Ktick drops out ho seizes it eagerly nnd goes to t ho wall whuro hang n great uum- ber of red rice paper circulars. Kachbcarn u number nnd a proverb from Confucius or eomo other pig tail philosopher of tho olden days. Tho Inscription on tho paper bearing tho Ktrnio number as tho stick foretells tho luck Rocirtlly, financially, etc., of tho holder until tho next anniversary of Pimp Yo Wong. Secretory Huie Kin, of tho Presbyterian Chjnoso mission, who, in nddltion to u largo amount of natlvo intuHigcnct!, holds a hard earned college diploma, told n reporter many curious superstitions of tho common people in China, most of which their Mott street brethren retain. "Chinamen," ho wild, "seo tho work of a good or evil spirit iu almost every occurrence. They also believe that thcso innumerable godfl, mysterious and otherwise, can bo influenced or propitiated by various sacrifices or offerings. "They burn prayer papers and Joss eticlcs and food almost every day, and scatter rico and do various other things as foolish as your pqople, who throw salt In tho flro when they upset tho cellar, to avoid a quarrel." Tho reporter had to admit tho similarity, and IIulo Kin, having scored ono point, continued; "Chinamen believe that ono god rules tho thunder nnd n different god tokos it in charge each year. Their almanac shows which god is on duty in tho thunder department, and at tho first thunder storm of the season overy ono offers a sacrifice. If tho thunder is very heavy, they say that tho thunder god is very croBR "It is very funny, isn't it!" ho continued; "almost ns funny us tho idea of some of your formers, who plant their peas and potatoes nnd kill their pigs iu tho right timr> of tho moon." Tho secretary had scored another good naturcd point, but ho wasn't through. TOSI LEE IS A DISSENTER, He stated that tho Chiueso calendar is full of unlucky days, and every Chinaman about to moko u journey, or commence any business undertaking, or got married, consults his almanac about tho day, nnd if it is ruled by a bad god ho changes his date. "It is very much like tho belief In unlucky Friday of your people," said tho bland Becre- tary t "except thero it Is general and no ono hfdos his belief in it. "When a man is sick," ho continued, "it is because eomo bad spirit has control of Mm, or elso ho has offended the greater gods. Bo they doso him with stuff to drive out tbo bad spirit and sacrifice chickens aud rico und other things to tho good, and if tho man has a pretty good constitution ho may livo through it, and that is moro than ho does sometimes •with your doctors." Again Mr. Hulo Kin's almond eyes tvvin- Jtled with merriment nt his i*oint, and then ho said: "Tho Chinamen in this city nearly all retain those superstitions. Even when thoy embrace Christianity tho old, fearful super- tftitious fueling remains, and involuntarily noaio tlnio thoy will perform somo propitiatory act." Mr. Huio Kin said that tho Chinese aro tbo most superstitious people iif tho world, as they must naturally be, believing, as thoy do, that each ono of their !J,000 goda tuko a personal interest in each individual Chinaman, and rewards or punishes him according to his own varying mood or whim. But Sheriff Tom Lee wouldn't admit this. "Pooh I" ho said. "LoU Chinaman no fluid. Him gottuo noppookec."— Now York Journal.

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  1. The Hutchinson News,
  2. 03 Mar 1889, Sun,
  3. Page 3

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