Choice rations for the General's mess


Choice rations for the General's mess



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This picture represents the barnyard of the Commissary Department of the Japanese Army before Port Arthur. Here were kept the few ducks which on special occasions furnished an extra dish for the highest officers, who generally had the same fare as the officers and men. This place was not far from the shore where the tiny stream emptied into the sea, thus avoiding the soiling of the water by the ducks, where it was needed for drinking and cooking purposes. The bare trees indicate that this picture was taken in the fall. At the left in the background looms one of the hills around Port Arthur, crowned with a Russian fort. The viaduct is part of the railroad leading from Dalny to the junction with the main line, the Manchurian Railroad, which connected Port Arthur with the Siberian Railroad. The horseman seen at the right in this picture is a Japanese mounted courier.


1 stereograph. 2 photomechanical prints on stereo card : halftone, stereograph, color ; 9 x 18 cm


1905 Ingersoll, T.W.
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Barry, Richard and Barry, Richard (photographer), “Choice rations for the General's mess,” Monash Collections Online, accessed July 18, 2024,

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