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Full referenceHutchison, James Lafayette, China hand (1936)
TypeBook
Author(s)Hutchison, James Lafayette
TitleChina hand
Year1936
Year of publication1936
Place of publicationBoston, New York
PublisherLothrop, Lee and Shepard company
Number of Pages418
Edition1
LanguageEnglish
URLhttps://catalog.hathitrust.org/api/volumes/oclc/2963214.html
SubjectHistory
Keywordsforeign; resident; autobiography; description; social; business; advertising; tobacco; BAT; Peking; North; Manchuria;
Abstract

Table of contents (short)

I. Midsummer of 1911 (3-9) 

II. Late July of 1911 (10-15) 

III. August: 1911 (16-21)

IV. August: 1911 (22-32) 

V. Late August and Early September 1911 (33-42) 

VI. September 1911: 1911 (43-53) 

VII. Late Summer and Early Fall (54-65) 

VIII. Late Summer and Early Fall (66-72)

IX. October-December: 1911 (73-81)

X. Winter of 1912 (82-96) 

XI. Winter of 1912 (Continued) (97-105) 

XII. June-September (106-115) 

XIII. October-November: 1912 (116-125) 

XIV. December: 1912 (124-132) 

XV. Christmas: 1912 (133-142) 

XVI. Winter and Early Spring of 1913 (143-158) 

XVII. May-September: 1913 (159-171) 

XVIII. October-November 1913 (172-180) 

XIX. Winter of 1913 and Early Part of 1914 (181-188)

XX. Last of February-April: 1914 (189-199)

XX. May and June of 1914 (200-208)

XXII. July and August: 1914 (209-214) 

XXIII. Late August and September: 1914 (215-221) 

XXIV. Late September of 1914-Early July of 1915 (222-231) 

Home Leave (232-234) 

XXV. Late Fall and Winter of 1915 - Summer of 1916 (235-241)

XXVI. October - December: 1916 (242-252) 

XXVII. January and February of 1917 (253-262) 

XXVIII. March - July: 1917 (263-271) 

XXIX. 1929: October 15 - November 15 (272-277) 

XXX. November of 1929 (278-288)

XXXI. December of 1929 (289-295)

XXXII. Christmas of 1929 - March of 1931 (1930?) (296-304) 

XXXIII. April of 1930 (305-312)

XXXIV. May of 1930 (313-318) 

XXXV. June of 1930 (319-334)

XXXVI. July of 1930 (335-349) 

XXXVII. Mid-Summer of 1930 (350-365)

XXXVIII. Winter of 1930-‘31 (366-373) 

XXXIX. Early Spring and Summer of 1931 (374-382) 

XL. 1931: September - December (383-390) 

XLI. 1932: January 28 - March 4 (391-399) 

XLII. Spring of 1932 - October 21, 1922 (400-412)

Épilogue (413-418)  

Table of contents (expanded)

I. Midsummer of 1911 (3-9): in July of 1911 an unborn egg leaves his native state for China and receives good advice on the way over - he sees the famous Nectarine No.9 at Yokohama and is greeted to China by the stench o the Whanghpoo 

II. Late July of 1911 (10-15): first impressions of Shanghai - inflated with promises of a glorious future - transferred to Peking

III. August: 1911 (16-21): bounced up the China Coast - a sad welcome to Peking

IV. August: 1911 (22-32): Peking street life during the last days of the Manchu dynasty - lessons in manners from cigarette dealers - stuffed with atmosphere

V. Late August and Early September 1911 (33-42): the intricate process of making a purchase - studying Mandarin - I buy a midnight biscuit - picking up street lang and palace gossip - I watch a prince return from a sunrise audience 

VI. September 1911: 1911 (43-53): throwing beer bottles to let off steam - I take in Peking suburbs - a Bostonian gets lift and coins a word - the meanest job yet

VII. Late Summer and Early Fall (54-65): the ex-Kaiser’s cousin - Peking foreign night life - a patriotic scrap on Telegraph Lane - the wealthiest woman in North China

VIII. Late Summer and Early Fall (66-72): early morning rides - Manchu social life - week-ends hunting hidden temples 

IX. October-December: 1911 (73-81): the Manchus are thrown into a panic - I visit the Ming Tombs and get lost n a snow storm - news of a raise and Christmas at the mouth of the Gobi desert - a pony-trading missionary buys a yacht for a Living God of Mongolia 

X. Winter of 1912 (82-96): a Cantonese reformer creates havoc - I have troublesome correspondence with Shanghai - for private and diplomatic reasons Yuan Shih K’ai’s shoot up Peking and loot burn the pawn shops - the first president of China is inaugurated while the city remains silen  

XI. Winter of 1912 (Continued) (97-105): concerning down-and-out Manchus and sing-song etiquette - Chinese New Year - concession hunters and other swindlers - the sextuple loan - squeeze system - a tend days’ trip among village towns - the art of resisting curio salesmen - transferred to the interior at last

XII. June-September (106-115): getting through the way doing nothing but hold a key - cut by missionaries - fighting to get out - house boating on canals - grasshoppers for chow - back to God’s country 

XIII. October-November: 1912 (116-125): a French hotel for a mess - Le Cercle Français - a typical has-been interior city - more beefing - the low-down on running a Chinese retail shop - literally drumming up trade 

XIV. December: 1912 (124-132): I start up on a pioneering trip and narrowly escape smothering - the pig-face boy full of sex - up the mountain over 5,000 year old imperial highway

XV. Christmas: 1912 (133-142): across the Southern Shansi plateau - sunken roads - lone missionaries in a city that was the capital of China 3,000 B.C. - bandits are nearby - the last ferry before the ice closes the river - Christmas morning

XVI. Winter and Early Spring of 1913 (143-158): a job of patient waiting - the new republic shears the farmer of his manhood - an American gift to China ends as a junk heap - accused of swallowing a watch and ruining the crops of Shansi Province - a beachcomer as an assistant - China’s money barons - wild duck in flight

XVII. May-September: 1913 (159-171): I represent the U.S.A. at a celebration of the recognition of the new republic - a cook-boy dies and there is trouble bringing him in and getting him out of the city - a disagreement on etiquette with happy ending - last word of Frost  

XVIII. October-November 1913 (172-180): settling down in the famine section where one year out of four means life or death - along the highways and on the farms - one of the oldest and largest professions in China 

XIX. Winter of 1913 and Early Part of 1914 (181-188): winter comes - the indignant Messrs. Mencken  and Nathan - a travelling girl tells her story - a chat with bandits - another note on missionaries - sleeping next to smallpox

XX. Last of February-April: 1914 (189-199): I take a holiday in Hankow and throw away a bag of silver - the story of the Great War between the North and the South - I make over an old temple - foreign influence on retail merchandise - farmers and lice come to lift after the Big Cold

XX. May and June of 1914 (200-208): the Yellow River has changed its course again - no rain but crops are kept green by artificial hand irrigation - soldiers patrol against bandits and kidnappers - heads in cages - Changtefu has every-other-day holiday beheadings - Butch meets with a horrible death - another foreigner arrives and is queerer still 

XXII. July and August: 1914 (209-214): the big heat comes and the wells are dry - sleeping out of doors develops a mania for temples - I visit a missionary hospital and am dumbfounded - my interpreter kills his sons - almost daily I read of declarations of war in Europe while thousands are dying daily around me 

XXIII. Late August and September: 1914 (215-221): the cleanest city in China - Japan hands an ultimatum to the Germans - farewell party - the siege of Tsingtao and Japanese atrocities - business troubles with Mohammedans - I decide that selling is advertising  

XXIV. Late September of 1914-Early July of 1915 (222-231): English social customs - bargaining in beauty - the efficiency expert who broke up the Tobacco Trusts looks over unusual correspondence - a Shensi official ends the beauty trade - Japan’s twenty-one demands - the birth of “Ward Lords” - the original Philadelphia Jack O’Brien and the Fourth of July - I go on home-leave 

Home Leave (232-234): Middle of July to Middle of November: 1915 

XXV. Late Fall and Winter of 1915 - Summer of 1916 (235-241): back to China to live in Shanghai - night life - English society and the strain on bank clerks - Americans, Jews, Portuguese and half-castes - the Great War starts a business boom 

XXVI. October - December: 1916 (242-252): Tientsin also booms but ruble buyers are unhappy - an ex-cow-boy loses his last chance to lick his father - Peking vultures - Mukden is a shocking surprise - a New York horse-car dying on its feet - Dairen is a modern western city - lost in a Japanese hotel - the Englishman who hated correspondence - Japanese and their money and girls - a Japanese dinner party - the French consul’s birthday 

XXVII. January and February of 1917 (253-262): early morning carts gathering up the frozen - in the zone of Russian atmosphere - Japan plans years ahead - fortunes in fright cars - Harbin night life is different - women and business seem to mix - Japan has smothered Korea - to Hankow where I attend six dinners in one evening and leave for Shanghai

XXVIII. March - July: 1917 (263-271): the downfall of the little Napoleon in CHina - business in Shanghai continues to soar but much of it is gas, wind and water - transferred into advertising - calendars as salesmen - I resign and return home - last traces of China - staring eyes and open mouths 

XXIX. 1929: October 15 - November 15 (272-277): Shanghai changed and yet the same - first glimpse of Young China - wealthy Chinese only go out guarded - Manchuria bound 

XXX. November of 1929 (278-288): Mukden has gone moderne but the Chinese squeeze and starve as of old - the Japanese plan railways far ahead - White Russian refugees on their uppers make whoopee - high taxes and low paper money - Mukden foreign social life 

XXXI. December of 1929 (289-295): Japanese are behaviorists - travelling native style - cut-throat competition - Mr. T’ing gives the low-down on the Young Marshal and Manchuria’s troubles - Karin’s P’ing K’ai Li by the full moon and talk of bandits 

XXXII. Christmas of 1929 - March of 1931 (1930?) (296-304): the dissipated Young Marshal and his overworked English adviser - Harbin Russians are on the uppers - Russian New Year’s eve turns out to be a joly event - Chinese cities go down and down while the Japanese are one the Rise - the art of forcing progress - Changchun seems to be waiting - “Please take me Shanghai”

XXXIII. April of 1930 (305-312): Tientsin is like an old codger dozing in the sun - a modern street without atmosphere - the decline of the foreigner - painted blue and white walls sell republican principles - another growing White Russian community - Peiping: city of mausoleums without a soul - more blue and white walls and bitterness 

XXXIV. May of 1930 (313-318): China pushes England and America on the question of centrality - faces at the Cercle Sportif - American Clubs and customs - Americans have learned from the English the gentle art of “muddlin’ through” which gives the answer to a bothersome question - a nice old suburb has gone madly White Russian - “Chinese are different” - Shanghai has no white and light blue walls 

XXXV. June of 1930 (319-334): quarreling War-Lords force me to travel for naught - examining chens while the North mobilized hungry looing troops - Lenox Simpson joins the norther clique in a separation movement - a visit at the home of th three kindly gentiment - modernizing, monopolizing and tenseness - across the mountains in a broken down Model T Ford and a nigh ride by train in a third-class coach - furs fell the depression in American - thoughts on the Japanese in Manchuria  

XXXVI. July of 1930 (335-349): a Yangtze ship captain has chronic indignation over the Russian - “Hankow fiasco” - communists and false fronts inhabit the banks of the river - why Chinese handicrafts have stagnated - Hankow is under martial law - modern main streets versus hutungs - foreign industrialism seems to bring squalor in its wake - Young China shows his hand - fired on by communists - The Race Club and gimlets - gentlemen and “dumps” - the Russian ex-consul is an artist - stoned by oil company labor - down in the lake country where the communists are thick 

XXXVII. Mid-Summer of 1930 (350-365): waiting in Shanghai for the Big Heat to end - the North Side underworld - Chinese asleep under the sky - a former company man now sell expensive American coffins to Chinese - Hongkong laws and habits are inconsistent - the Cantonese hate foreigners - the South goes moderne with concrete - nearby “bandit-communists” keep Swatow and Amoy on a dole - Foochow’s first foreign settler - dickering over a kidnapped missionary - the anniversary of the Chinese Republic is celebrated on a Japanese ship - Southern gunmen murder Lenox Simpson and end the Northern split - what does it all amount to

XXXVIII. Winter of 1930-‘31 (366-373): a last look at Manchuria before the knockout - tragedy in Harbin - a Russian artist stranded in Mukden - Dairen has a surprisingly prosperous air - the sad tale of the American prodigy - the American minister is on his way to a summer resort for one reason and the Young Marshal is there for another  

XXXIX. Early Spring and Summer of 1931 (374-382): in Nanking where East meets West and where daily hundreds of pilgrims come to visit the shrine of a Marty - mid-summer sees silver and business from to a new low, foreign companies cut staff and a fever of kidnapping and whoopee strike Shanghai - only a few foreigners but many Chinese in Shanghai make much money and are wealthy and the foreigner is fast giving ground - while Shanghai plays the Nanking government burns midnight oil 

XL. 1931: September - December (383-390): while the Young Marshal in Manchuria lies ill in a Peiping hospital a Japanese express train is strangely derailed at Mukden and the Japanese take charge of the Three Norther Provinces - incidents of the Mukden “incident” - a one-sided war - the Nanking government makes no move and newspapers and students denounce the “Sung Dynasty” - a bitter boycott is raged and students march on Nanking - the minister of finance makes a blunt statement and the Young Marshal departs for Europe - Hankow is in a bad way after a flood and the foreigner is slipping backwards  

XLI. 1932: January 28 - March 4 (391-399): the Japanese bombardment of Shanghai’s North Side as seen from an office window and an apartment house roof - the mysterious Chinese 19th route army - who’s and wherefores of seemingly futile destruction and slaughter 

XLII. Spring of 1932 - October 21, 1922 (400-412): aftermath of the Chapei scrap and contrasting news from the interior - meeting with surprises in the city of temples over the Easter holidays - young America teaches young China how to fly - the days of the Big and Little Heat and remarks on Chinese music - with the cool weather come short trips to neighboring cities - the winter brings a decision to return home Side - a final tour through the middle-west and north - young China seeps up on Western lines while General Chiang K’ai Shrek prepares for another drive against communism - farewell China

Épilogue (413-418)

 

 

Note

Hutchison was a businessman in China from 1912-1917 and 1929-1933. His book traces his 25 year-old experience in China from his early days in Peking to Shansi, commercial Tientsin, as well as Manchuria and Shanghai. 

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