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the Stark family would beg its bread for evermore ! When you enter one of the fine shops, your shoes are either removed by an attendant or encased in a large cotton bag to each foot. Then tea is served you and cigarettes are passed. Afterwards a half dozen of the little brownie boys that are grown here by the hundred fly around like bees and unroll new beauties on each side, until your head is in a whirl. Silks and crepes heavy with great masses of embroidery, silver and bronze, velvets and ivories, pearls and clois-sonne. Three or four of the fellows have made purchases in the shops. I shana t tell you whether I have made any purchases or not; wait a year and see. Wheel After you have made your purchases, if you have no rickshaw of your own with you, the storekeeper usually sends you home in his, free of charge.
We have seen several beautiful parks and temples, but they are all much alike, and I will leave the temple subject until we reach Nikko. At present it is the people and the life that fascinate us. We have been twice to the Jiu-Jitsu school by invitation of Baron Some-one-or-other, yesterday afternoon and to-day. The school is a large room carpeted with thick mats, and as