In comfortable circumstances， time indeed goes by with easy stride. Soon drew near also the happy festival of the 15th of the 1st moon， and Shih-yin told a servant Huo Ch'i to take Ying Lien to see the sacrificial fires and flowery lanterns. female toys
About the middle of the night， Huo Ch'i was hard pressed， and he forthwith set Ying Lien down on the doorstep of a certain house. When he felt relieved， he came back to take her up， but failed to find anywhere any trace of Ying Lien. In a terrible plight， Huo Ch'i prosecuted his search throughout half the night； but even by the dawn of day， he had not discovered any clue of her whereabouts. Huo Ch'i， lacking， on the other hand， the courage to go back and face his master， promptly made his escape to his native village.
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. couples toys
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. rabbit toys
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.
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）。
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.