National Geographic : 1920 Nov
Photographs by Guy Magee, Jr. THE STRAPS OVER Til'1 SHOULDERS OF THESE STURDY MEN PRO CLAIM THEIR OCCUPATION-WIIEELBARROW COOLIES The careless or unskillful not infrequently sustain painful bruises and broken ribs when their heavily laden vehicles capsize (see text, page 413) The brawn of the wheelbarrow coolie has reduced the cost of moving package freight to an unheard-of minimum, and thereby con tributed largely to the prosperity of the treaty ports. IIE TELLS YOUR FORTUNE, BUT HE ISTHINKING MORE OFIHIS FEE THAN OFTHINGS OCCULT The soothsayer is a popular "institution" inChina. His services are invoked to set propitious days forweddings, funerals, and burials. In this land of contradictions, thefuneral and theburial seldom, ifever, take place together, and the soothsayer istheindividual who causes and profits by the delay (see text, page 417).