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and his restless intellect soon turned to the ques-only, is the religion of Protestants.”
tion of chief interest at that time in his university principles of religion, and everything of faith

—the controversy between the Church of England essential to salvation, are herein clearly revealed
and the mother Church of Rome. The arguments patent to the right reason and judgment of
of an able Jesuit, known by the name of John every man, Religious certitude can thus be
Fisher, at length convincing him of the necessity reached by every honest mind, from the plain
of an infallible living judge in matters of faith, he interpretation of the Bible, which is necessarily
embraced the Romish communion with an in itself intelligible and sufficient, without need of
credible satisfaction of mind.' In 1630 he went to any medium to transfer it or judge to interpret
Douay, and here being urged to write an account it. Indeed, the measure of the responsibility of
of the motives of his conversion, a fresh examina- faith is just the measure of the clearness and sim-
tion of the whole questions at issue, and a series of plicity of the divine revelation. Scripture and the
letters from Laud, at length brought him from candidl mind acting together, under the quickening
doubt of the soundness of his recent conclusions to grace of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit

, a complete renunciation. But although he had are thus the sole factors of religious certitude, become convinced that the claims of the Church of which is necessarily based on rational personal Rome to an infallible judgment on matters of faith conviction. The simplest creed is the best creed, had no real foundation, he adhered alone to Scrip- and the only possible basis on which to reconstruct ture as interpreted by the light of reason, and for the divided church is such a simple, assured, and a time declined to take orders in the Church of accepted religious minimum as the apostles' creed, England, regarding her Articles as themselves a with full freedom to individual opinion in every; needless imposition on men's consciences.' Mean- thing supplementary and unessential. For why, time he had become involved in a succession of he asks, should men be more rigid than God? controversies with John Lewgar, a Catholic con Why should any error exclude any man from the vert; Floys, a Jesuit, who went under the name of Church's communion, which will not deprive him Daniel ; and White, the author of Rushworth's of eternal salvation?' It may be that Chilling. Dialogues. His papers in answer to these-mere worth's ideas carried out would have made any preliminary studies for the great work that was to kind of church polity or even successive organised follow—are contained in his Additional Dis- religious life impossible, but at least they would courses, published in 1687. Another Jesuit, known have preserved something perhaps quite as precious as Edward Knott, having published in 1630 his -an intellectual conception toleration, that Charity Mistaken, dc., which was answered by Dr would have saved England years of misery, and Christopher Potter, provost of Queen's College in blood; and which need not necessarily have Oxford in 1633, rejoined in 1634 with Mercy and eliminated also the religious enthusiasm of the Truth, &c. This second book Chillingworth under- individual, together with his confidence in the took to answer, and with that view retired to the absolute infallibility of his own opinions. quiet of Lord Falkland's house and library at The reasoning throughout the great work of Great Tew in Oxfordshire.

Meantime, Knott Chillingworth is marked by strong and clear hearing of his intention, hastened to take an unfair intellect; singularly simple but direct and straightadvantage of his antagonist, by an attempt to pre- forward style, warming at times into a suppressed judice the public mind beforehand. In 1636 he but vehement eloquence, and informed throughout issued in a forty-two page pamphlet a series of mere with an honesty, an earnestness, and, above all, a scurrilous insinuations, the main drift of which fairness but rare in controversial literature. Locke, was that Chillingworth was a Socinian, whose in his Thoughts concerning Reading and Study for opinions tended to the overthrow of all super a Gentleman, commends the constant reading of natural religion no less than of Catholic doctrine. Chillingworth, who, by his example, will teach both At length, in 1637, appeared Chillingworth's famous perspicuity and the way of right reasoning better book, The Religion of Protestants a safe Way to than any book I know." Chillingworth left little Salvation : or an Answer to a Booke entitled Mercy besides his masterpiece-nine sermons, the 'Addiand Truth, &c. This great work suffers from its tional Discourses already referred to, and a brief being necessarily to some extent an answer to a fragment on the apostolical institution of episcopacy now completely forgotten book, and being thereby forming the whole. The rest of his life is soon weighted with a great mass of extraneous matter. told. At length he found himself able to give a Indeed, it is only after the author has demolished general assent to the Articles, and in July 1638 he the arguments of his temporary antagonist that was made Chancellor of Salisbury, with the prehe is at liberty to follow the unembarrassed bend of Brixworth in Notts annexed, and soon course of his own thought, and it is evident that after master of Wigstan's Hospital in Leicester. only a writer of consummate talent could so have | In 1640 he was elected proctor to convocation by surmounted the disadvantages of such a form, as the Chapter of Salisbury. At the outbreak of the to make a book of enduring interest and value. Civil War he accompanied the king's forces, Yet it is all this and more, for we have here not though his heart sank within him to see " publicans only a masterly demonstration of the sole authority and sinners on the one side, against scribes and of the Bible in the essential matters relating to Pharisees on the other. He was with the royal salvation, but an assertion of the free right of the army before Gloucester, where, we are told, he individual conscience to interpret it, laid down devised an engine for purposes of assault after the once for all with perfect confidence and fullest pattern of the old Roman testudo. At Arundel plainness - the freedom of religious opinion and the Castle he was taken ill, and when the garrison surright to toleration for honest difference of opinion rendered to Waller, being too ill to be caried to placed on its true basis, and this two centuries London, was lodged in the bishop's Palace at and a half ago. The great question at issue is Chichester, where he died, 30th January 1643. His that of the basis of religious certitude, or “the last hours were pestered by the ill-timed and cruel means whereby the truths of revelation are con exhortations of one Cheynell

, an ignorant and veyed to our understanding, whether this is to rabid Puritan preacher, who, at his burial in rest on the infallible authority of the Church, Chichester Cathedral, flúng a 'copy of the noblest or ultimately on the authority of the Scriptures theological treatise of the age into the grave, tlat alone.

it might rot with its author and see corruption.' Here Chillingworth’s conclusion is, in his own The Chillingworthi Novissima, &c. (1644), in which oft-quoted words: “The Bible, I say, the Bible this Westminster divine did such dishonour to

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himself, is one of the most melancholy monuments now serves a secondary one. A member of the that exist of fanatical and unchristian bigotry. House of Commons cannot resign his seat unless It was Chillingworth's fate to be assailed with disqualified either by the acceptance of a place of

great asperity and reproaches' all his life, and honour and profit under the crown, or by some throughout to be misunderstood by blind Papist other cause. Now, the stewardship of the Chiltern and blind Puritan alike.

Hundreds is held to be such a place, and it is conSee the Life by Des Maizeaux (1725), and that by Rev. sequently applied for by, and granted, usually as a Thomas Birch, prefixed to his edition of the works (1742). matter of course, to any member who wishes to Of these the best edition is that published at Oxford in resign, though it has been refused in a case of 3 vols, in 1838. See chapter v, (vol. i.) of the late bribery. As soon as it is obtained, it is again rePrincipal Tulloch's Rational Theology in England in the signed, and is thus generally vacant when required Seventeenth Century (2 vols. 1872).

for the purpose in question. When the Chiltern Chillon, a celebrated castle of Switzerland, at Hundreds are not vacant, however, the same purthe eastern end of the Lake of Geneva, 1. mile pose is served by the stewardship of the manors of SSE. of Montreux. It stands on an isolated rock, East Hendred, Northshead, and Hempholme. The 22 yards from the shore, and connected therewith by practice of granting the Chiltern Hundreds for the a bridge, though the strait between them is dry. purpose above described began only about the Dating perhaps from the 8th century, it seems to year 1750; the gift lies with the Chancellor of the have been partly rebuilt in 1238, by Amadeus IV. Exchequer. of Savoy, and it long served as a state prison. Chimæra, a fire-breathing monster, described Here for six years (1530–36) Bonivard (q.v;) by Homer as having a lion's head, a goat's body, endured the captivity imniortalised by Byron's and the tail of a dragon, In Hesiod's account a Prisoner of Chillon (1821). Among the thousands daughter of Typhaon and Echidna, she devastated of names inscribed on the pillars of the dungeon Lycia until killed by Bellerophon. Gigantic carvings are those of Byron, Georges Sand, and Victor of the chimæra on rocks have been found in Asia Hugo. The castle is now used as a magazine for Minor, representing the monster as a lion, out of military stores.

the back of which grows the neck and head of a Chiloé, the insular province of Chili, consists of goat. It is frequently depicted on shields as a the island of that name on the west coast, which is heraldic charge. The name is used figuratively as separated from the mainland by a narrow strait on a word denoting any monstrous or impossible conthie N., and by a gulf 30 miles wide on the E., and ception, the unnatural birth of the fancy-Tennyson's has a length of 115 miles, and an extreme breadth 'chimeras, crotchets, Christmas solecisms.' of 43 miles, and of a number of neighbouring islets, Chimæra, a genus of cartilaginous fishes, and mostly uninhabited ; total area, 3980 sq. m.; pop. type of a distinct order, Holocephali, which is often (1885) 73,420, almost all Indians living on the ranked along with the sharks and rays, or Elasmoprincipal island. Chiloé proper is hilly in the branchs. The chief distinctions are the presence interior, and everywhere covered, except imme of a fold of skin covering the (4) gill-clefts, the diately along the shores, with nearly impassable nakedness of the skin, the fusion of the upper jaw forest. The climate is mild and not unliealthy, to the skull, the separation of anal, yrinary, and although inordinately wet. The Indians belong to genital apertures. There are no “spiracles, nor a subdivision of the Araucanian family ; they are spiral-valve.' Except in the above particulars, a gentle and honest race, mostly engaged in fishing and a few others of a more technical nature, the and in lumbering, timber being at present the members of this small order agree with the ordinary chief export from the island, although immense Cartilaginous Fishes (q.v.). There are only two deposits of coal have been reported. The capital, living genera-Chimæra and Callorhynchus. The Ancud, on the north coast

, has a good liarbour, best-known species of climæra (C. monstrosc) is but is meanly built ; it is the seat of a bishop, and often called the King of the Herrings, and is has a population of 6000.

occasionally taken in herring-nets in British seas. Chilog'natha, Chilop'oda. See MYRI

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Chiltern Hills, the southern part of the low chalk

range which runs north-east, about 70 miles, from the north bend of the Thames, in Oxfordshire, through Bucks and the borders of Herts and Beds. In Oxford, Herts, and Beds the Chiltern Hills are 15 to 20 miles broad, and the highest point is near Wendover (950 feet).

In his sketch of John Hampden's home, Mr Green paints finely the quiet undulations of the chalk country, billowy heavings and sinkings as of some primeval sea suddenly hushed into motionlessness, soft slopes of gray grass or brown-red corn falling gently to dry bottoms, woodland flung here and there in masses over the hills. A country of fine and lucid air, of

Chimæra monstrosa. far shadowy distances, of hollows tenderly veiled by mist, graceful everywhere with a flowing unac It is found on the coasts of Europe and Japan, in centuated grace, as though Hampden's own temper North Atlantic, and at the Cape of Good Hope. had grown out of it.'

In the United States it is called Sea Cat. It is Chiltern Hundreds. In former times the an ugly fish, seldom over 3 feet in length, of a beech-forests which covered the Chiltern Hills whitish colour, spotted with brown above. The were infested with robbers, and in order to restrain males have clasping organs; the large eggs are them it was usual for the crown to appoint an

inclosed in a leathery case. The C. Colliei is found officer, who was called the Steward of the Chiltern on the west coast of North America; and the C. Hundreds. The hundreds in question (see HUN- Afinis on the coast of Portugal. In the other DRED) are those of Bodenham, Desborough, and genus, Callorhynchus, in the South Pacific, the Stoke

, in Buckinghamshire. The stewardship, snout bears an appendage, and the tail is not symwhich has long ceased to serve its primary purpose, metrical as in the above, but slightly shark-like.

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CHIMPANZEE

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Chimaphila. See WINTER-GREEN.

bedrooms are smaller. In the late Gothic and Chimbora'zo, a conical peak of the Andes, in

Elizabethan styles the chimneys are amongst the Ecuador, 20,517 feet above the sea, but only about

most striking features of the design, being carried 11,000 above the level of the valley of Quito, to the

up in lofty and highly ornamented stalks, frenorth. The silver bell' of perpetual snow and quently built in brick. glacier was long erroneously regarded as the loftiest

In modern times the external appearance of mountain not only in America but in the whole chimneys has been greatly neglected, to the sad world. From 1745, when La Condamine ascended disfigurement of our houses, but a better taste is as high as 16,730 feet, numerous only partially

now beginning to prevail. In successful attempts had been made to scale the one direction, however, modern mountain before Whymper in 1880 twice reached chimneys have received a great the summit.—The peak gives name to the province development in connection of Chimborazo, to the south, with an area of 5523

with furnaces and steam-ensq. m., and a pop. (1885) of 90,782, exclusive of the gines. In order to create a uncivilised Indians.

draught, and so cause the fire

to burn with intense heat, Chimere, a bishop's upper robe, to which the lawn-sleeves are attached. That of Anglican

these chimney-stalks are car

ried to a great height. The bishops is of black satin, that of English Roman Catholics is of purple silk.

difference of pressure of the

atmosphere between the top Chimes. See BELL.

and bottom, added to the lightChimney, a flue constructed in the thickness ness of the air caused by the of a wall or in a separate ‘stalk' for the purpose of

heat, acts as the motive power carrying off the smoke from a fireplace or furnace. to the 'draught, which thus The heated air being lighter than the atmosphere increases with the height of which maintains the fire, presses the smoke up

the stalk. Amongst the wards, and rises with a rapidity proportioned to the

highest existing chimneys may difference in weight, assuming that the chimney is

be mentioned the following: of proper construction and size. It has been found (1) the Townsend shaft, Port in practice that a diameter of from 9 inches to 12 Dundas, Glasgow, which is inches is suitable for the fireplaces of ordinary 468 feet in total height, and rooms, but in the case of kitchens and other large

has a diameter of 32 feet at fires a greater width is required. In olden times it base, and 13 feet 4 inches at was usual to build fireplaces of great size, with very top; weight, about 8000 tons. Chimney, Thornbury large chimneys, but as these admit a great quantity (2) St Rollox shaft, Glasgow

Castle, Gloucesterof air at the ordinary temperature, the draught is —total height, 455 feet 6

shire, 1514. thereby checked, and the chimneys are apt to inches; diameter at base, 50 (From Parker.) smoke. Experience has taught that the 'throat' feet; at top, 13 feet 6 inches, or entrance to the chimney from the fireplace (3) Mechernich shaft, Cologne-total height, 441 should be made as small as possible compatible feet; diameter (square) at base, 39 feet; at top with its task of carrying off the products of com (round), 11 feet 6 inches; weight, about 5459 tons, bustion from the fire. , proper draught depends An act to regulate chimney-sweeping was passed also on the height of the chimney, which ought to as early as 1789; and in 1842, to prevent the fearbe sufficient to be above the interference of swirls ful cruelties practised on young chimney-sweepers, of air caused by surrounding buildings or other it was rendered penal to compel or knowingly objects. The higher the chimney, the greater the allow any person under the age of twenty-one, to draught.

ascend or descend a chimney or enter a flue for the
Chimneys are of comparatively, modern origin. purpose of cleaning or curing it; and no child
Only traces of them are found in classic antiquity; under sixteen could be thereafter apprenticed to
but there must have been some such means of dis the trade. The act was extended and made more
charging the smoke from the fires which heated the stringent in 1864 and 1875.
hypocausts of the Roman baths. In medieval times, To extinguish a chimney on fire, it is only neces-
the earliest examples of fireplaces with chimneys, sary to hang over the fireplace
such as those in the Norman castles of Rochester carpet or blanket : some handfuls of salt thrown
and Castle Hedingham, erected in the 12th century, into the fire at the same time will greatly aid the
have only a short flue ascending a few feet, and extinction. It is also recommended to scatter &
discharging by an oblong aperture in the outer face handful of flowers of sulphur over the dullest part

of the wall. These were no of the burning coals, the vapour arising from which
doubt found very smoky and will not support combustion, and will consequently
inconvenient, and ultimately extinguish the flames. Throwing water down from
the chimneys were carried to the top is a clumsy expedient, by which much dam-
the roof. In Gothic buildings age is frequently done to furniture; so also is stop-
they are often detached, and ping at the top, by which the smoke and suffocat-
the outlet is ornamented with ing smell of the burning soot are driven into the
trefoil and other openings. apartment. If every fireplace were provided with
In the English halls the a damper, or shutter of sheet-iron, sufficiently large
centre hearth was long re to choke it thoroughly, fire in chimneys would
tained, without any chimney, become of little consequence, as it would only be
the smoke being allowed to necessary to apply this damper to extinguish them.
find its way out through an All good modern grates are furnished with such
opening in the roof called the dampers. To set chimneys on fire with a view to
Louvre (q.v.).

In Scottish clean them is highly objectionable, even where

mansions and castles the there is no danger of fire to be apprehended, as Chimney, Tisbury, fireplace was an invariable the intense heat produced rends and weakens the Wilts.

feature in every apartment walls. For other connected subjects, see SMOKE(From Parker's Glossary.) from the 13th century. The NUISANCE, VENTILATION, WARMING.

hall has always a large fire Chimpanzee (Troglodytes niger), one of the place and capacious chimney, while those of the highest of the anthropoid or more manlike apes,

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belonging to the same genus as the gorilla (T. in the cerebral hemispheres of the chimpanzee ; but gorilla).

they are simpler and more symmetrical, and larger History. The first historical notice of the chim- in proportion to the brain.' panzee seems to be that given in an account of a Habits.The chimpanzee is found on the coast Carthaginian exploration of the north-west of of Guinea and farther inland. It occupies a wider Africa, conducted by Hanno in 470 B.C. Along area than the gorilla, and is even said to have been with other anthropoid apes, it was known to the found in East Africa, to the south of Abyssinia. Romans in their varied communications with It lives in forests, is an adept climber, but keeps Africa. The first thorough investigation of the good deal to the ground. The diet consists mainly anatomy was made by Tyson in 1699. Various of wild fruits ; but animal food seems to be occatravellers gradually gathered information in regard sionally eaten. The chimpanzees live in families to its habits, and captured specimens were known or in small societies. They construct pent-houses in France and England by the 18th century. The in the thick forest darkness, and the males are said structure of the animal has been studied by several to pass the night below the family nest. They famous anatomists, such as Owen, Duvernoy, make a great deal of noise, of a dreary and horrible Bischoff, and Huxley; and much information, both character, especially when provoked by other historical and anatomical, will be conveniently monkeys. Though they generally flee at the sight found in Professor R. Hartmann's Anthropoid of man, they can with hands and teeth make themApes (Inter. Sc. Series, 1885). To this naturalist selves in extremity most formidable antagonists. much of our knowledge as to the exact anatomy The natives shoot them with arrows or javelins, or of the chimpanzee and related forms is due. For in recent days with firearms. The flesh is eaten by more general considerations, Huxley's work en the natives of some parts of Africa ;

the skulls may titled Man's Place in Nature may be profitably serve as fetiches. consulted. See also his Anatomy of Vertebrate There is considerable dispute as to the species Animals

or varieties of chimpanzee. Hartmann discusses
Characteristics.--As the general features of the question at length in the work already referred
Anthropoid Apes (q. v.) have been already sketched, to, describing one distinct variety in addition to
it will be enough to sum up the more striking the typical Troglodytes niger, and admitting the
characteristics of the chimpanzee. The animal possibility of hybrids. Chimpanzees are occasionally
stands about four feet high, has very dark, all but | brought to European zoological gardens, but rarely
black hair, a broad, leathery, reddish-brown face, stand the climate for more than two or three years.
small nose, large mouth, protruding lips, large brow. They are known to exhibit great cleverness, and
ridges, and small ears. The face has an angle of admit of some education.
70 degrees. The head hangs down upon the chest. China. The Chinese Empire, consisting of

China Proper and Manchuria (q.v.), with its
dependencies of Mongolia, I-lî, and Tibet (q.v.),
embraces a vast territory in Eastern Asia only
inferior in extent to the dominions of Great Britain
and Russia. The dependencies are not colonies,
but subject territories; and China Proper itself,
indeed, has been a subject territory of Manchuria
since 1644. It will be convenient, however, to
confine ourselves in this article to the former,

China is not known among the people them-
selves as the designation of the country, and
the use of the term is spreading among them
only through its all but universal employment by
other nations. In the oldest classical writings
the country is called Hwđ Hsia, The Flowery
Hsia. Chung Kuo, 'The Middle State,' or king-
dom, grew up in the feudal period as a name for
the royal domain in the midst of the other states,
or for those states as a whole in the midst of the
uncivilised states around them. The idea of its
being in the middle of the earth' did not enter
into the designation, though the assumption of
universal sovereignty, de jure if not de facto, that
has been so injurious to the nation, appears in the

very ancient names l'ien hsia, all' beneath the Chimpanzee (after Hartmann).

sky,' and Sze Hai, 'all within the four seas.' In

the treaties with western nations concluded in the There are no cheek-pouches. The arms are very present century the empire is called by the title of long, and reach the knee; their span is about half the reigning dynasty, the Kingdom of the Great as much again as the height. The hand is narrow, Pure (dynasty);' and this is in accordance with the but as long as the foot. The sole of the foot can practice of Chinese writers, who are fond of calling rest flatly on the ground, and the animal readily their country the Land of Han,' and 'the Hills of stands or walks erect. But his favourite attitude T'ang' from the two great dynasties so named. is leaning forward, and supporting himself on the Serica, Sera, and Seres, in Ptolemy and other knuckles of the hand. The backbone begins to ancient geographers, indicate China and the exhibit the curves characteristic of man, and the Chinese as the country and people producing silk, chimpanzee is alone among anthropoids in having being taken from sze (silk), originally the pictorial the spine of the second neck vertebra bifurcated as symbol of a packet of cocoons. in man. It has one pair of ribs in addition to the Cathay, a poetical name with us, and still twelve possessed by man.

There is of course no apparent in the Russian name for China (Kitai), tail, nor are there any sitting-pads or ischial cal. came into use as a designation for the northern losities. The volume of the brain is about half part of the empire through Marco Polo and other the minimum size of a normal human brain. All medieval writers. It was the Persian designation the gyri (ridges) of the human brain are represented of the Tartar K'itan tribes which contended with

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the Sung dynasty for the supremacy of the empire, 1887 of the awakening of 300 millions to a conthen merged in the dynasty of Chin (Kin), and sciousness of their strength !' Our own impression were extinguished by the Mongol conquest." The is that 400 millions is not an overestimate of the country south of the Yang-tsze River was then population of the Chinese empire. Of the twentystyled Manzi or Manzy, from the old name of Man two ports open to foreign commerce, only five have for all the southern aboriginal tribes.

a population under 50,000. That of Canton is The name China has come to us from India estimated at 1,600,000 ; of T'ien-tsin at 950,000; of through Buddhism. In a conversation (apocryphal Han-k'an at 750,000; of Fa-châu at 630,000; of probably), related by Nien Ch'ang in his History of Shang-hâi at 355,000; of Ning-po at 240,000. Buddhism, between the Han emperor who wel As to the physical features of China Proper, the comed them to his capital and the first two of the whole territory may be described as sloping from Buddhist missionaries, there appear the names of the mountainous regions of Tibet and Nepal Chi-na and Chin-tan (“the Land of Chin’). We towards the shores of the Pacific on the east and do not know how long before our first century, the south. The most extensive mountain-range in it name had obtained in India, nor how it origin- is the Nan Ling or Southern Range, a far-extendated. If it had begun with ts instead of ch, the ing spur of the Himalayas. Commencing in Yun. view of many that it was derived from the great nan, it bounds Kwang-hsî, Kwang-tung, and state of Ts'in, whose fortunes culminated in the Fû-chien on the north, and, passing through Chehfirst but short-lived imperial dynasty (221–209 B.C.), chiang, enters into the sea at Ning-po. It thus might have been considered as certain.

forms a continuous barrier, penetrated only by a
tion must be left as hardly capable of determina few steep passes (of which the Mei Kwan is the
tion; as also how it is that we find the empire best known) that separates the coast-regions of
called by other Asiatic peoples Sin, Tsin, Tsinistan, South-eastern China from the rest of the country.
and the inhabitants Tsinistã. “The land of Sinim, This great chain throws off numerous spurs to the
in Isa. xlix. 12, should be added to these denomina- south and east, which, dipping into the sea, appear
tions.

above it as a belt of rugged islands along the sea-
China PROPER was divided in the K'ang-hsî reign board. Of this belt the Chusan Archipelago is the
(1662–1722) into eighteen provinces; and since the most northerly portion.
recent separation of the island of Formosa from North of tliis long range, and west of the 113th
Fa-chien, and its constitution into an independent meridian, on to the borders of Tibet, the country is
province (as Tâi-wan we may say that it now mountainous, while to the east and from the great
consists of nineteen. These form one of the corners wall on the north, to the Po-yang lake in the south,
of the Asiatic continent, having the Pacific Ocean there is the Great Plain, comprising the greater
on the south and east. They are somewhat in the part of the provinces of Chih-lî and Shan-tung,
shape of an irregular rectangle, and lie, if we Ho-nan, An-hui, and Chiang-sû—an area of about
include the island of Hâi-nan, between 18° and 49° 210,000 sq. m., estimated to support a population
N. lat., and 98° and 124° E. long. Their area has of 177,000,000.
been given at 1,297,300 sq. m., being more than In the provinces west from Chih-li-Shan-hsî,
twenty-five times that of England, but that esti- Shen-hsî, and Kan-sû—the soil is formed of what
mate does not include large additions to Chih-lî are called the loess beds, which extend even to the
on the north-east, and Kan-sû on the north-west, Koko-nor and the head-waters of the Yellow River.
made since the K'ang-hsî reign. Including these, The name loess is adopted from that of a Tertiary
the area is at present not much, if at all, short deposit which appears in the Rhine Valleya
of 2,000,000 sq. m. (The whole empire, without brownish coloured earth, extremely porous, crumb,
Corea, has an area more than twice as large.). ling easily between the fingers, and carried far and

On the north there are four provinces--Chih-lî, wide in clouds of dust. It covers the subsoil to an
Shan-hsî, Shen-hsî, and Kan-sû ; on the west, two enormous depth, and is apt to split perpendicularly
Sze-ch'wan (the largest of all) and Yun-nan; on in clefts which render travelling difficult. And
the south, two-Kwang-hsî and Kwang-tung; on yet by this cleavage it affords homes to multitudes
the east, four-Fû-chien (Kien-the initial ch used of the people, who live in caves excavated near the
to be pronounced k), Cheh-chiang, Chiang-sû, and bottoms of the cliffs. Sometimes whole villages are
Shan-tung

The central area inclosed by these so formed in terraces of the earth that rise above twelve provinces is occupied by Ho-nan, An-hui one another, But the most valuable quality of the (Gan- and Ngan-lwei), Ha-pei, Hû-nan, Chiang- loess is its fertility, the fields composed of it hardly lasî, and Kwei-châu (a poor province, but with parts requiring any other manure than a sprinkling of of it largely occupied by clans or tribes of abori. its own fresh loam. The husbandman in this way ginal Miko-tsze). The island of Formosa, lying off obtains an assured harvest two and even three the coast of Fa-chien, 90 miles W. of Amoy, is times a year. This fertility, provided there be a about 235 miles in length, fertile, and rich in coal, sufficient rainfall, seems inexhaustible. The propetroleuin, and camphor-wood. The first settle vince of Shan-hsî has borne the name for thousands ment of a Chinese population only took place in of years of the Granary of the Nation ;' and it is 1683, and the greater part of it is still occupied no doubt to the distribution of this earth over its by aboriginal tribes of a more than ordinarily high surface that the Great Plain owes its fruitfulness. type.

The rivers of China-called for the most part ho in The population of these provinces is immense, the north, and chiang (kiang) in the south, are one but the various censuses that have been adduced

of its most distinguishing features. Two of them by inquirers vary and fluctuate so much that the stand out conspicuous anong the great rivers of the writer entirely agrees with the late Dr Williams world; the Ho, Hoang-ho, or Yellow River, and the in holding that, until there has been a methodical Chiang, generally misnamed the Yang-tsze. They inspection of the empire published and guaranteed rise not far from each other ; the Ho, in the plain of by the government, questions concerning the popu- Odontala, called in Chinese the Sea of Stars' -i.e. lation must be held in abeyance (The Middle King of springs or lakelets, in 354° N. lat., and 96° E. long.; dom, 2d ed. preface, p. 10). The Almanach de

and the

Chiang ( Kiang), from among the mountains Gotha for 1888, basing its conclusions on reports of of Tibet. The Ho pursues a tortuous eastward course the imperial maritime customs, gives for all the to Kan-sd, and the Chiang with a southern inclinaprovinces a total of 381} millions. The late ambas- tion enters China at Batang, in Sze-ch’wan. From sador in England, however, the Marquis T'săng, the prefecture of Lan-châu the Ho flows north-east writes in the Asiatic Quarterly Review of January

more or less along the Great Wall, till it arrives

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