Foreign News: Delicate Piety

Princess Teru-No-Miya-Shigeko, aged one, weight 28 pounds, height two feet four inches, precocious daughter of Prince Regent Hirohito of Japan, crawled and once even toddled about her royal nursery last week, examining her first birthday presents. Each of the hundreds of presents was a fish. Each fish was alive, wrapped carefully in damp perfumed moss and encased in a handsome and expensive birthday basket.

"What are they for?" her eyes asked.

Japanese priests later explained privately to Occidentals that to the Japanese the fish is an immemorial symbol of reproductiveness. By their gifts of...

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