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(1914) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Arthur G. Chater - Tema: Russia
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made of Chinese bricks. In the morning the Manchu
vanyka brings water from the well. In the kitchen
the Chinese boy gets the Tula samovar ready. The
master of the house drinks his Chinese tea, with bread
made of Manchurian flour, from a Chinese bakery.
Then Chinese and Koreans come and offer their produce,
eggs, vegetables, fruit from Shanghai, and so on. The
boy runs to the bazaar to fetch Mongolian meat, and
cooks the dinner. The mistress of the house wears a
dress made by a Chinese tailor, and the master gets
into his chetchuncha when the warm weather begins.
In his yard a Korean is at work chopping wood."
Even Senator Ivanitzki says in his report on conditions
in the East that the prohibition of the importation of
yellow labour may possibly be desirable from a political
point of view, but not from that of political economy
or agriculture. " Brutal regulations of this kind can
only be enforced to the detriment of the economic life
of the frontier provinces," are his words.
It is adduced as one of the great economic objections
to yellow labourers that these thrifty people, who
arrive in the spring and return in the autumn to their
families in Korea, Manchuria and China, take with them
the money they have saved in the course of the summer,
and in this way no inconsiderable capital leaves the
country every year. But to this it is objected by those
of the opposite view, that the money tåken out of the
country by the yellow labourers is of little account in
comparison with the increase of values which they leave
behind in the shape of work performed. With the
help of these efficient agriculturists large tracts of
new land have been developed, old arable land has been
well worked and the crops have been increased ; in
this way the conditions of life have been improved, the
price of necessaries reduced, and—not least in importance

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