THE GREAT BELL (A CHINESE WONDER BOOK) BY NORMAN HINSDALE PITMAN

The mighty Yung-lo sat on the great throne surrounded by a hundred attendants. He was sad, for he could think of no wonderful thing to do for his country. He flirted his silken fan nervously and snapped his long finger-nails in the impatience of despair. “Woe is me!” he cried at last, his sorrow getting…

THE WIDOW HO (CHINESE FOLK-LORE TALES, 1910) by REV. J. MACGOWAN, D.D.

One day in the early dawn, a distinguished mandarin was leaving the temple of the City God. It was his duty to visit this temple on the first and fifteenth of the moon, whilst the city was still asleep, to offer incense and adoration to the stern-looking figure enshrined within. This mandarin was Shih-Kung, and…