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A Chinese Wonder Book   By: (1876-1925)

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[Illustration: (Front cover image)]

[Illustration: "SNAKE'S BLOOD MIXED WITH POWDERED DEER HORN."]

A CHINESE WONDER BOOK

BY

NORMAN HINSDALE PITMAN

ILLUSTRATED BY LI CHU T'ANG

[Illustration: Colophon]

NEW YORK E. P. DUTTON & CO. 681 FIFTH AVENUE

COPYRIGHT, 1919 By E. P. DUTTON & COMPANY

All rights reserved

Printed in the United States of America

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PAGE

The Golden Beetle or Why the Dog Hates the Cat 1

The Great Bell 21

The Strange Tale of Doctor Dog 39

How Footbinding Started 52

The Talking Fish 68

Bamboo and the Turtle 88

The Mad Goose and the Tiger Forest 104

The Nodding Tiger 120

The Princess Kwan Yin 134

The Two Jugglers 147

The Phantom Vessel 160

The Wooden Tablet 172

The Golden Nugget 187

The Man Who Would Not Scold 193

Lu San, Daughter of Heaven 206

ILLUSTRATIONS

Facing Page

"Snake's blood mixed with powdered deer horn" Frontispiece

"Here son!" she cried, "look at my treasure!" 8

Clinging to the animal's shaggy hair was Honeysuckle 50

Throwing herself at his feet she thanked him for his mercy 56

"Ah," sighed the turtle, "if only the good god, P'anku, were here" 102

Putting his bill close to her ear, he told Hu Lin of his recent discovery 108

The tiger gravely nodded his head 130

All day she was busy carrying water 138

Higher and higher he climbed 154

They saw shining in the pathway directly in front of them a lump of gold 188

As she dressed herself she saw with surprise that her fingers were shapely 214

THE GOLDEN BEETLE OR WHY THE DOG HATES THE CAT

[Illustration]

"What we shall eat to morrow, I haven't the slightest idea!" said Widow Wang to her eldest son, as he started out one morning in search of work.

"Oh, the gods will provide. I'll find a few coppers somewhere," replied the boy, trying to speak cheerfully, although in his heart he also had not the slightest idea in which direction to turn.

The winter had been a hard one: extreme cold, deep snow, and violent winds. The Wang house had suffered greatly. The roof had fallen in, weighed down by heavy snow. Then a hurricane had blown a wall over, and Ming li, the son, up all night and exposed to a bitter cold wind, had caught pneumonia. Long days of illness followed, with the spending of extra money for medicine. All their scant savings had soon melted away, and at the shop where Ming li had been employed his place was filled by another... Continue reading book >>




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