When I was a Boy in China (Google eBook)

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D. Lothrop Company, 1887 - China - 111 pages
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Page 38 - Penny-tossing, or rolling, carries out the idea of marbles. But it is not considered a nice game, and only bad boys indulge in it. Swimming is not popular, although many Chinese boys learn to swim. Fishing means work with the Chinese. A man, or boy, goes a-fishing simply for the fish, and not for the fun ; and I am of the opinion that my countrymen are right.
Page 37 - This man, who was, by the way, a good man, went home, and getting his whole family together before the fatal day arrived, set out with them to the hill designated and remained there all day. To while away the time probably, his children flew their kites.
Page 37 - ... that a terrible plague was about to visit his house on the ninth day of the ninth month, and that the only way to escape was to hie to a high hill near by.
Page 34 - Chinese boy at sixteen is as grave and sober as an American grandfather ; and if he happens to be married soon after, he throws aside most games as being childish. At the best, he has nothing corresponding to baseball, football, cricket, bicycle-riding, skating, sliding, or tennis. Nor is he fond of exerting himself. He would rather sit for hours talking and joking than waste time in running or jumping.
Page 38 - A piece of snake-skin is wound around with yarn till it attains the size of a billiard ball. Boys in China toss it, or make it bound, as American boys do their rubber balls. Penny-tossing, or rolling, carries out the idea of marbles. But it is not considered a nice game, and only bad boys indulge in it. Swimming is not popular, although many Chinese boys learn to swim. Fishing means work with the Chinese. A man, or boy, goes...
Page 35 - Over this is pasted very stout rice-paper, upon which strong figures are painted—sometimes the face of a man, sometimes a bird. On the larger kites a bow is fastened at the top, with a reed instead of a string, and when the wind blows upon this reed, a melodious sound is heard through the air, that greatly delights everybody; it seems to the watchers a mysterious voice from a different world. Kite-flying in America can be much improved. Kites should be constructed of the Chinese shape. The rib...
Page 51 - ... which scholars and scholarship are held. Therefore it is not strange that schools are to be found everywhere, in small hamlets as in large towns, although the government appropriates no funds for the establishment of common schools; and although no such thing is known as "compulsory education," there is a general desire, even among the poorest classes, to give their children "a little schooling.
Page 40 - ... China toss it, or make it bound, as American boys do their rubber balls. Swimming is not popular, although many Chinese boys learn to swim. Fishing means work with the Chinese. A man or boy goes fishing simply for the fish, and not for the fun; and I am of the opinion that my countrymen are right. them by the wayside, or among thickets on the mountains. When caught they are fed and afterwards tested as to their fighting qualities. A good fighter will fetch quite a large sum. Dominoes is a game...
Page 109 - ... inspired all who assumed the responsibility of our training and education. We were assigned two by two ; and it was my good fortune to be put into the hands of a most motherly lady in Springfield. She came after us in a hack. As I was pointed out to her, she put her arms around me and kissed me. This made the rest of the boys laugh, and perhaps I got rather red in the face ; however, I would say nothing to show my embarrassment. But that was the first kiss I ever had had since my infancy.
Page 40 - The game is to guess the name of the reign, when the coin is turned upside down. Another game is played around a fruit-stand; it is to guess the number of seeds in an orange. The loser pays for the orange while the winner eats it. There are not many games in which boys and girls play together. If they do play together it is only while they are children, under ten or twelve. Growing-up girls will have nothing whatever to do with boys, though Chinese boys and girls are very sociable, each, with friends...

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