National Geographic : 1920 Nov
342 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE CAMELS CEASE TO BE POETIC "SHIPS OF THE DESERT" IN PEKING: THEY ARE COMMONPLACE BEASTS OF BURDEN They are fine, shaggy, brown beasts, with an occasional white one-rather dirty white. Usually their caravansary for the night is the pavement in front of the shop at which they deliver their merchandise. Photographs by J. A . Muller "OTIER PECULIAR BREEDS OF THE EQUINE FAMILY" Thus speaks a historian of the Tatars in describing those "elusive little creatures of Peking which are neither horse, mule, nor ass, but subtle, indistinguishable mixtures" (see text, page 335).