Somebody lighted a Chinese joss-stick, perhaps to kill the aroma of defunct cigarettes.
There's always a little bit of it smouldering in my heart like a joss-stick.
joss-stick, a stick composed of fragrant gum, etc., burnt as incense.
Sometimes he would burn a joss-stick beneath its branches and kneel down and pray.
"That is true," said Hwei dropping the joss-stick, and sat in his chair with a puzzled face.
The ghost left that joss-stick behind on the first occasion, and the fan on the second.
She then returned with the joss-stick in her hand, and gave it to her husband, who was kneeling on the hearth-rug.