Even the great general “Chen Shek” has one idea that cannot be dislodged...but his methods are wrong and he cannot get far enough away from his three principles to change his methods. He is having his thoughts done in blue all over the imperial red walls of Peking. But the average coolie knows not what the characters say nor does he care. He is too interested in getting his belly full that he may sleep comfortably all night.
The very nature of the Chinaman holds him back. If his fellow should fall, John thinks it quite proper that he stamp on the underdog’s face.
On a battlefield, after a battle, and the retreating force has left it’s dead unburied and its wounded to be captured, the opposing army goes among the fallen with a free bayonet and finishes up friend and foe alike. Those that are unfortunate enough to have a rifle burst in their hands, or to stop a bullet are shipped away and dumped upon a railway platform to die of their wounds or cold and starvation.
Even the Japanese are monsters as, during the Tsinan affair, the Japanese caught the Chinese Minister to Japan and cut off his nose and ears and then killed him. I had not expected such barbarism of the Japanese. And then too it was the Japanese who dynamited Chang-Tso lin’s train....
Peking is not a very pleasant place to live. Every year about October, their winter sets in and remains seated until May, without any moisture at all. The dust becomes ankle deep in the roads and gets into everything. It causes a “Peking sore throat” which lasts all winter. It becomes very cold and skating is the order of the day. Every one of the legations has a private rink; all the tennis courts are transformed into ice ponds.
I believe that the most startling thing one can see in North China is the number of camels. These are of a very mean breed but they resist cold and carry burdens which is all the Chinaman requires of them. Everyday in Peking one can see many caravans in the streets. They have a very stately shamble. They carry their head high; their mean mouths wagging and their humps lolling from side to side. All my life I have associated camels with Arabs and it strikes a discordant note within me to see the beasts shepherded by Chinamen.
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