Chinese Boys Plowing Near Port Arthur

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Turn to your map of China and find the Yellow Sea. The Yellow Sea you will note lies between the peninsula (pn-n´ s-lå) of Chosen (Korea-k-r´ å) and China. At the northern part of the Yellow Sea another peninsula extends southward between Chosen (Korea) and the mainland. Port Arthur is on this peninsula. And it is near Port Arthur that the Chinese boys here shown are photographed. You see in this picture one of the simple, early ways of plowing. Three little donkeys are hitched to a wooden-beamed plow with straps and strings such as boys use in harnessing up a goat or a dog. Two boys are needed to handle the patient little animals and the plow. One of the boys, as you see, leads the donkeys and the other holds to the plow handle. Observe the collar on the donkey to the right. Note also the shoes, the apron, the shirt, and the cap of each of the boys. This method of plowing is about as old-fashioned as using a shovel. In fact, the plow here used is only a shovel set in a wooden frame. If you compare this plowing outfit with one of the steam gang plows which you have seen used or pictured, you can understand how far behind us China is in the way of agriculture. In fact, few farmers in China have animals to work. Most of the farm work is done by hand, and the fields are usually small. The Port Arthur section belongs now to Japan. Port Arthur is well known in history because of the siege it underwent during the Russo-Japanese War. After months of bombardment and hand-to-hand fighting, the Russians in the forts surrendered. Japan also owns Chosen or Korea. Describe a modern method of plowing. Keystone ID: 6631 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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