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The population of China was 960,000,000 -- [[^on its[?] see note]] many of the inhabitants found it more
economical to live upon the water when the land & the shore were sometimes
entire concealed by the multitude of small boats each
containing it's respective family.  He said it was quite
amusing to see the little children
with life preservers in the shape of large gourds tied around the neck to keep them from sinking should they fall overboard, the Heaven the earth & the [[?]] the ladies as the [[?]] also [[these?]] [[?]] make an [[?]] for the purpose [[?]] around [[?]] equinox

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The successful candidate finds his service [[??]
for the better. He may now try for the second degree and should he again succeed become [[disciple?]] to an
office [[under?]] government.  A third & fourth degree offers
further independent for [[??]]
& [[strikethrough]] good conduct. [[strikethrough]]  The

He told us he had lived on a snow [[?]]

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