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(1914) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Arthur G. Chater - Tema: Russia
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THE AMUR DISTRICT AND AMUR RAILWAY
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third section is of 600 versts, from Keråk to Malinåvka,
and its engineer is Vladimir Vladimirovich Tregubov.
The fourth and most easterly section is of 450 versts,
from Malinovka to Khabarovsk. Its engineer is
Alexander Vasilievich Liverovskiy. Work on this sec
tion of the line was only commenced two years ago, and
it is to be fully completed in 1914, when it will be possible
to use the line as a whole ; but the work which will still
take the longest time is the bridge over the Amiir to
Khabarovsk. A responsible position in the work on
this line is that occupied by the doctor in chief, Sergéy
Pavlovich Serebrennikov, who has superintended the
whole medical service and has had charge of the hygienic
conditions of all these thousands of labourers in this
difficult country.
As mentioned above, the state of health among the
labourers on the Amiir line appears to be good, and there
were not many patients to be seen. Hospitals have
been established at the larger stations. Wc went through
several of them, and saw the wards, operating-rooms,
baths, etc. ; they were all light, clean and well arranged,
and it was a pleasure to see them. But there were not
many cases in proportion to the space available, and
many of them were accident cases. The railway often
builds schools at the stations for the children of the
workmen. We saw several of these and they made a
good and pleasing impression ; the rooms were large
and airy, and on the walls hung all kinds of plates
illustrative of botany, geography, geology, zoology,
demonstrations of industry, and so on. Some of these
schools had mistresses, others masters. Sometimes
there were so many children that they had to be divided,
some coming in the morning and others in the after
noon. The children all looked happy ; it could not be
seen that the climate had done them any harm.

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