WAR & PEACE: Currie in China


On a vast level stretch of Chinese earth, near the city of Chengtu. 75,000 men were working. The Chinese were building an air field. There was not a piece of power-driven machinery in sight. Huge gangs of coolies pulled stone rollers that weighed seven to eight tons apiece. The first of three layers of stone had been put down for a foundation, and the stone was broken by man power: 30,000 hammers wielded by 30,000 men. The enormous field, the throng of sweating, straining workmen, were watched by a short, grey,...

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