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CHAPTER IV AT THE FOOT OF MOUNT OMI The best Inn's best Room?Three
Rivers of Kiating?All in Flood? Colossal Buddha?First View of
Omi?Torrential Rain?Crosses on the Roadway?Great Buddha
Temples?Chinese Rubbings?Em- broideries?Missions?China Inland and
Roman Catholic?Hotel Bill?Snchi?Pilgrims?Silk, and White Wax?City
of Omi?Huge Bell?Bronze Pagoda?Limestone Ravine?Iron Suspension
Bridge? Pair of Flying Bridges?Butterfly Collectors?Wan Nien Sze?
Paying Coolies?Lohan and Hoangko Trees?Bronze Pusien on
Elephant?Most Ancient Chinese Building?Pilgrims' Dress?Great
Guest-room?Dining with a Chief Priest?Vegetarian Banquet? Barefaced
Begging?Danger from Tigers. July 18.?Torrential rain. Last night's
fine sunset turned out to be but a momentary break in the wet
weather which set in last week, which, while it has cooled the air,
has stopped our further progress. We put up last night at the best
inn in one of the best-looking towns we have yet seen. It is kept
by a graduate, and is patronised by officials accordingly. It is
gorgeous in gilding and red paint, and to the high guest-room,
allotted to our humble selves, we ascended from the street through
a succession of court-yards with the usual fish-ponds,
flower-vases, and dirt. For, truth to tell, fine as is the
accommodation at first sight, the floor has the usual accumulation
of the mud of ages, covering the original concrete with hard,
slippery undulations of compressed filth, which the continuous rain
keeps moistened as the men come and go across the yard to our
quarters. Woe betide you if, in dressing, you drop a sock upon the
floor, or still worse, your pocket-handkerchief or towel; neither
can be used again until thoroughly washed with soap and water. The
smells, too, were of the usual nature, and when, in the morning,
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