In China many hundred of people live their entire lives on boats. Among them there is a strange idea that a boat must have an eye painted on its bow in order to see its way through the water. An Englishman traveling in China sat in the front of a small boat with his feet hanging over the painted eye. The owner became very much excited and begged the traveler not to cover the eye of the boat, as it must see its way. When the first railroad was built through China the native workers wanted to paint an eye on the front of the locomotive. They regarded it dangerous to have so fierce an appearing thing tearing its way through the country without an eye to guide its course.