National Geographic December 1911


Populous and Beautiful Szechuan: A Visit to the Restless Province of China, in which the Present Revolution Began
Innovations old and new characterize China’s Szechuan ( sichuan) region, where a 2, 400- year- old irrigation system helps feed a burgeoning population and a new university in Chengtu ( Chengdu) educates the young.
Making the Fur Seal Abundant
In an effort to prevent the commercial extinction of the North Pacific fur seal, an international treaty was signed on July 7, 1911, outlawing pelagic sealing and placing the sale of fur under governmental jursdiction.
The Arbitration Treaties
President Taft’s speech to the American Society for Judicial Settlement of International Disputes, revised for the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, calls for the ratification of certain international peace treaties with Europe.
Present Conditions in China
In an address to the National Geographic Society the author explains how China’s civil strife and antiforeign sentiments are laying the groundwork for a revolution.
The Sacred City of the Sands: With an Account of the Extraordinary Tortures Welcomed and Endured by Devotees at Kairowan
For devout Muslims, seven pilgrimages are made to the desert city of Kairwan where, in rites of purification, they subject themselves to various forms of torture.

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