National Geographic : 1920 Oct
THE MAKING OE A JAPANESE NEWSPAPER: CHINESE POYS PICKING UP IDEOGRAPHIC TYPES Instead of working before a case of 26 letters, the Chinese compositor must pick his type from thousands ofcompartments, setallaround the room. Usually he has a group of type-collectors working with him. To remember what character theyare seeking, they sing itinanasal monotone. Small wonder that a veteran printer, after professing Christianity, said that he "renounced the serviceofthe devil and gave upprinting." Imagine the bedlam of getting out an "extra" in a Japanese composing-room.