Sawing Lumber in Manchuria

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Here is an old-fashioned method of sawing. This is the way lumber is sawed in Manchuria by the Chinese. The saws are made somewhat like the crosscut saw used to fell trees and to saw logs in our lumber districts. But in Manchuria boards are ripped from the logs in the manner you see. One end of the squared log is put on poles, the other end rests on the ground. Then one man mounts the log and the other stands beneath it. Back and forth they pull the saw, cutting in a straight mark drawn on the surface of the log. It is a slow process. The picture here shown was taken during the Russo-Japanese War. The Chinamen were sawing timbers for the Japanese army. When was this war? What was it about? Who won it? Manchuria is a part of China. It lies east of Mongolia and north of Chosen (ch´ sn´). It gets its name from the Manchus, the people who formerly lived here. Now the Manchus are the ruling class of China. For a long time Manchuria was looked upon by the Chinese as a cold, worthless country. The Chinese then sent their criminals in exile to Manchuria. The province is very cold in winter, but it is rich in many minerals and products. Beans are raised extensively, and mining and lumbering are carried on. Hunting game in the great woods is profitable on account of the meat and fur. Dogs are raised for meat and for their skins. Manchuria is 3 times as large as the British Isles. It would make 10 states the size of Indiana. Its population is 13,000,000, or twice that of the state of Illinois. What great country lies north of Manchuria? On what sea does it touch? What is the color of the people pictured? What about the scene suggests war? Keystone ID: 6571 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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