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Title: An American engineer in China

Year: 1900 (1900s)

Authors: Parsons, William Barclay, 1859-1932

Subjects: Parsons, William Barclay, 1859-1932 Railroads

Publisher: New York, McClure, Phillips & co.

Contributing Library: Cornell University Library

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n any reorganization ofChina these three men will play an importantpart. The influence of Chang Chi-tung and LiuKunyi will certainly be of weight, as they enjoythe esteem and confidence of both foreigner andnative. In the appointing of all officials there is onerule that is curiously indicative of Chinese rea-soning and methods. No official is allowed toserve in a district in which he was born. Thereason for this is that, being a stranger, withoutlocal prejudice or interest, he will, it is believed,administer justice quite impartially. Unfortu-nately, human nature being the same in Chinaas elsewhere, the official, on account of his lack 32 An American Engineer in China of local prejudice and interest, administers justicein such a manner as will best serve his own endsand secure his advancement. Topographically considered, China lies on theeastern flank of the great Central Asian plateauand, therefore, its main drainage lines lie east andwest. There are three great valleys: that of the

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Yang-tze Kiang, between Han-yang and Wu-chang More than one mile wide, although seven hundred miles from themouth Yellow in the north, Yang-tze in the centre, andthe Si or (West) in the south. The Yellow Riv-er, or Hoang Ho, or as it is frequently called, onaccount of its erratic and devastating floods,• Chinas Sorrow, is a stream very much resem-bling the Mississippi, carrying a great amount ofalluvium, which it deposits at various places,forming bars and shoals. In order to protect theshores from inundations, the Chinese for many Chapter I: China 33 years have been building dykes, with the resultof gradually raising the bottom of the riverthrough the deposition of alluvium. There arenow many places where the bottom of the streamis actually higher than the normal banks. Undersuch circumstances the breaking of a dyke meansuntold destruction, with possible permanentchange of bed. The location of its mouth showsthe character of this great river. Eighty yearsago it flowed into the Yell

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