National Geographic : 1949 Sep
Power Comes Back to Peiping Q() ,atlonal ~ieograpnc society Ansco Color U. S. Marine lC(orps, Ouicial, .y Lt. )avid 1). I)Ulnan As in Some American Groceries, "Cash and Carry" Prevails in the Vegetable Market From a tempting stock of Chinese cabbage, bean sprouts, onions, leeks, and eggplant, a Russian from Mukden, Manchuria, selects fresh vegetables. Despite the sunny weather, he wears a fur coat. The salesman, who, unlike his customer, finds it warm enough to work in his shirt sleeves, weighs the vegetables on a simple scale used throughout China. While the hand-held cord is placed at a predetermined notch on the balance stick, the produce goes on one balance and weights on the other. No complicated springs are required. Sometimes cooks bring their own scales to check the merchant's measures. No dishonesty is imputed, but the procedure adds to the bargaining that accompanies all purchases in China.