The International Monthly Volume 4
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...not grudge them a few years, or even a few generations, of preparation for the great transformation which the future will inevitably bring. After reading Dr. Smith's full and often picturesque descriptions of the squalor and miserable discomforts of village life in China, it is decidedly surprising to be told that cheerfulness and content are a universal characteristic of the common people. This is usually the verdict of foreign travelers in the country, and their testimony is curiously supported by the smiling, and evidently happy, faces shown in a large proportion of the photographs of natives which have been taken everywhere in the empire. That they should endure so much of the fagging of life and show so little of its strain in their faces shows an absence of ' nerves " which Americans especially might envy. Chinese fiber is probably superior in this respect to that found in any other family of the human race. In obtuseness to physical pain and indifference to comfort, it presents a psychological quotient that in process of time is bound to secure its unrepining and phlegmatic folk ultimate supremacy, when industrial competition becomes entirely international. Finally, we come to the feature of Chinese life which appears to have excited more than all others the attention of foreign observers, --its conservatism. There can be no doubt that this is a serious obstacle to the adoption of new contrivances, and its great strength in China is emphasized by the readiness with which the neighboring Japanese have, within a generation, put on the whole panoply of European fashions; but conservatism is a characteristic of every people. It is only a century and a half ago that the first proposed census of England was bitterly...
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