Science: Bean-Burst

The Hamburg Amerika motorship Rhineland was plowing a cautious course along the jaundiced flood of the Yangtze-Kiang, below Hankow, China. In the Rhineland's hold lay tons and tons of starchy little white pellets, a heavy cargo of beans. There was a crunching jar and trillions of the beans spilled about or shivered in their places as the Rhineland collided with the Japanese S. S. Mitsuki Maru. Then quiet again, and a trickling of yellow river water in among the beans. Like the droplets that crawl into men's beards to soften them for shaving;...

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