April 26th #chinadiary

The newly-completed Hanyang Iron and Steel Company in 1906
Visits to two industrial plants today - first of all the Hanyang Iron Works, then the Yangtze Engineering Works. Carl writes up a considered report of the business environment and working conditions, comparing to those in USA and Britain, not always favourably: "God knows that we have given them splendid examples in our own history ... the most abominable conditions (in China) are found in foreign establishments."

Carl finishes his report with a beautiful reflection on the flowers and birds ("its a regular bird paradise") - I love the vividness of his description of "the big fat blue and white magpies".

The next entry will be May 3rd.