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IN A SAVINGS BANK.

STATE DINNERS IN CHINA.

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STATE DINNERS IN CHINA. Curious, almost comical, are these MM. menials. Tables are spread in an immense pavi- lion, luic-d by columns of jaspers and adorned with bronze. and marble and tortoiseshell balustrades. In the background are two tabics of figLlr< shewing the a.s'M of the sun a-nd moon N4,"Ii,2ii have I)-eei. -6,-ouiided, the doors are thrown open. Surrounded by his guard, the Emperor wa.lks to a low golden throne, and the Court makes a deep obeisance. One of t')e Court omcia's announces that the Emperor has taken his seat bv cracking a wh'p three timCE, and the orchestra., hidden behind bamboo at once begins a festival march. After making nine prostrations and five gc-.m- Bexions, the ofacor.s entrusted with serving his Majesty at table brim In little table .?st with precious stones, end serve him with tea.. which is the first Chinese entree. Then the costly table a.nd the tables to be -used by the guests are covered with siik, and the orange dishes pecu- liar to Chinese cookery are handed round When the Emperor Is thirsty the scene is changed quickly. The chic-f cupbearer draws back his mantle embroidered with coats of a.rms, ana presents the goblet on his knees, then, while the Son of f raises it to his tips, ail the guest.- must look towards the west. It iscurious to learn that only the nun relations of the Emperor have the right of tast- ing the food. and the other guests have to con- sider that :hey h.c dined sumcicntly from the simple fact of having been honoured by an invi tation to see their Emr cror dine. In this respect. a comical fzct mu.-t be mentioned. The poultry diaphypd on the tables in the background are made of cardboard, or of piaster of Paris, and are thoati.'ical properties. After dessert gra.ce- fuid:).ncer;dance upon the terrace, lighted by yel'ow lanterns, while invisib'o choirs drone what are supposed to be languishing melodies.

THE END OF THE REAL TICHBORNE.

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