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Sturdy River Boatwoman Manning the Oars of Her Craft

STURDY RIVER BOATWOMAN MANNING THE OARS OF HER CRAFT

Owing to the fact that such vast numbers of Chinese have their home and earn their living on the large rivers these waterways present pictures of great animation and bustle. Some of the boats are in such disrepair that it is remarkable how they hold together at all. It will be noticed that the roughly-fashioned oars are made in two parts, the blade being lashed on to the shaft with rope

Members of China's Enormous Floating Population

MEMBERS OF CHINA'S ENORMOUS FLOATING POPULATION

Numbers of the inhabitants of these mobile homes never go on land and are quite happy to spend their lives packed together in tight companionship on their houseboats. The children of such families have no fear of the water, and can swim long before they can walk, but their fondness for water decreases as their age increases, and many a Chinaman takes his last bath in childhood