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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
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN
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ame on the base, they would beconsidered of Chinese make. They are inex-pensive, of the kind desired by the Chinaman,although perhaps not for sale in Hamburg orBerlin. On the other hand, the American article,much more handsome, from our point of view,but also more expensive, is of the same style as issold on Broadway in New York. There is no need to multiply examples. Thereawaits the American manufacturer an outlet, espe-cially for tools, machinery, and other articles iniron and steel. He will find a demand for thesmaller and lighter machines, rather than for thelarger ones. That is to say, he must appeal firstto the individual worker who exists now, ratherthan aim at the needs of a conglomeration in afactory which will come about in the future. The Chapter V: Commercial Relations 177 totals should be simple in character, casil WMirketlami kept in ortler, ami without tlie applicationof quick-return and other mechanical devices s<tnecessary lor labor-saviiicr with us. Litiht W(jod-
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A Chinese Saw-mill The teeth of the saw are arranged to cut on the up stroke instead oton the down, as in other countries working machiner} can be made to supplant thepresent manual-labnr methods; and a laro;e fieldis open for all kinds oi pumps, windmills, piping-,and other articles of Inrlraulic machinerv. Cott(jn g(jods of the finer grades, as well as the 178 An American Engineer in China coarser which are supplied, household articles ofall kinds, glassware, window-glass, wall-paper,and plumbing fixtures will find a ready market,as will also farm equipments, such as light-wheeledvehicles and small agricultural implements of allkinds. In these, as in many manufactured arti-cles, American trade has as yet made little or noimpression; and yet the American article has anacknowledged superiority over any other for-eign make. It is necessary for us also to study the China-man himself. The English and American tradersmake but little attempt to learn the language, andtherefore frequently f
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