National Geographic : 1938 Mar
THE MORE STICKS, THE GREATER THE PAY FOR THE COOLIES Each Hong Kong porter receives a counter of a certain color when he leaves a junk with a sack of rice. At the close of day, the sticks he has accumulated at the warehouse show how much rice he has delivered and what pay is due. TRUCKS AND SHIPS CAN'T CARRY RICE EVERYWHERE Coolies still transport sacks ofthis grain on their backs. Hong Kong handles 85 per cent of southern China's "staff oflife," imports coming principally from French Indo-China. Large quantities are reshipped tothe United States.