The endless tread at a Manchurian mill


The endless tread at a Manchurian mill



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The native Manchurians grind their corn by means of primitive mills, one of which is shown in the picture. This mill consists of a large flat stone upon which a heavy cylindrical stone is revolved, crushing the corn to a fine meal or coarse flour. The mill is operated by a donkey and a woman, both of them harnessed to the two ends of the long pole. The donkey is blindfolded, lest the sight of the corn might tempt him to nibble at it or to refuse to work before he is fed. The woman, in this case a young girl, stalks around the well-worn track in a curious manner, as her feet are crippled after Chinese fashion. Such a mill is a valuable possession. The owner is considered a wealthy man, because all the farmers in the neighborhood are obliged to pay him grinding their corn. This picture was taken about two miles from the fortifications of Port Arthur.


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), “The endless tread at a Manchurian mill,” Monash Collections Online, accessed June 20, 2024,

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