Bamboe Habit, an invention of the Chinese, by the use of which a person unskilled in the art of swimming may easily keep himself above water. The Chi: merchants, when going on a voyage, always provide themselves with this simple apparatus, to save their lives, in easts of danger from shipwreck. It is constructed by placing four bamboes horizontally, two before and two behind the body of each person, so that drey :bout twenty-eight inches : these are crossed on each side by two others, and the whole properly secured, leaving an intermediate space for the body. When thus formed, the person in danger slips it over his head, and ties it securely to the waist: by which simple means he cannot possibly sink. Its figure is here subjoined.