Shih-yin——in fact， the husband as well as the wife——seeing that their child had not come home during the whole night， readily concluded that some mishap must have befallen her. Hastily they despatched several servants to go in search of her， but one and all returned to report that there was neither vestige nor tidings of her. girl strap on
This couple had only had this child， and this at the meridian of their life， so that her sudden disappearance plunged them in such GREat distress that day and night they mourned her loss to such a point as to well nigh pay no heed to their very lives.
A month in no time went by. Shih-yin was the first to fall ill， and his wife， Dame Feng， likewise， by dint of fretting for her daughter， was also prostrated with sickness. The doctor was， day after day， sent for， and the oracle consulted by means of divination.
Little did any one think that on this day， being the 15th of the 3rd moon， while the sacrificial oblations were being prepared in the Hu Lu temple， a pan with oil would have caught fire， through the want of care on the part of the bonze， and that in a short time the flames would have consumed the paper pasted on the windows. realistic strap on
Among the natives of this district bamboo fences and wooden partitions were in general use， and these too proved a source of calamity so ordained by fate （to consummate this decree）。 strapon for sale
With promptness （the fire） extended to two buildings， then enveloped three， then dragged four （into ruin）， and then spread to five houses， until the whole street was in a blaze， resembling the flames of a volcano. Though both the military and the people at once ran to the rescue， the fire had already assumed a serious hold， so that it was impossible for them to afford any effective assistance for its suppression.
It blazed away straight through the night， before it was extinguished， and consumed， there is in fact no saying how many dwelling houses. Anyhow， pitiful to relate， the Chen house， situated as it was next door to the temple， was， at an early part of the evening， reduced to a heap of tiles and bricks； and nothing but the lives of that couple and several inmates of the family did not sustain any injuries.
Shih-yin was in despair， but all he could do was to stamp his feet and heave deep sighs. After consulting with his wife， they betook themselves to a farm of theirs， where they took up their quarters temporarily. But as it happened that water had of late years been scarce， and no crops been reaped， robbers and thieves had sprung up like bees， and though the Government troops were bent upon their capture， it was anyhow difficult to settle down quietly on the farm. He therefore had no other resource than to convert， at a loss， the whole of his property into money， and to take his wife and two servant girls and come over for shelter to the house of his father-in-law.
His father-in-law， Feng Su， by name， was a native of Ta Ju Chou. Although only a labourer， he was nevertheless in easy circumstances at home. When he on this occasion saw his son-in-law come to him in such distress， he forthwith felt at heart considerable displeasure. Fortunately Shih-yin had still in his possession the money derived from the unprofitable realization of his property， so that he produced and handed it to his father-in-law， commissioning him to purchase， whenever a suitable opportunity presented itself， a house and land as a provision for food and raiment against days to come. This Feng Su， however， only expended the half of the sum， and pocketed the other half， merely acquiring for him some fallow land and a dilapidated house.