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-35- Aug. 8. The accident yesterday was entirely unavoidable on our part. The blame is entirely on the part of those who look after that bridge for not replacing rotten thongs. The piece of skull and the jawbone secured above Nen Chuan are probably of two individuals. Mr. Torrence, F. R. G. S. thinks they are of the Sui Dynasty, at least 1,000 years old. He thinks they were mummified. The skin and flesh did not rot but dried on the bodies. Mr. Torrence sent a specimen of a hand to the British Museum. This is a very dry spot, and either they were mummified or else they dried up instead of rotting. The coffins, well preserved, are of wood. There is no mark or inscription of any kind to indicate the age of the specimens. The bodies were intact when just discovered several years ago, but the natives have broken them to pieces with stones. I would like to know what Dr. Hrdlicka finds about these bones. Are they Mongolian, Aryan, or aboriginal in type? [[underlined]] Mammals. [[/underlined]] I do not consider my summer's catch of mammals an outstanding success. Near Songpan we were not allowed to go where mammals were plentiful. Where we went, a great festival which included hunting, had driven the large mammals away, and nearly cleaned out the pheasants. Near Nen Chuan there are large mammals, including a white and a black bear, and a long-haired monkey or ape, but every native is a hunter and the animals are exceedingly wild. I used to trap when a boy, but there are special things to learn about trapping in West China, and I am beginning to learn some of them. It might pay for me to train a native trapper and hire him throughout the year, taking him with me on these trips, for trapping takes time, and one of my problems is to get as much as possible done in a comparatively short time. If allowed to use money a little liberally I can hire native hunters and considerably increase my catch of large mammals. Aug. 15. I was just getting into the swing of securing mammals when I left for Suifu. A month spent here in winter time ought to give excellent results. Wilson, the great naturalist who spent eleven years in West China, had with him part of the time a naturalist who spent his whole time trapping mammals. People who knew him say that he had a great deal of trouble and lost lots of traps. The Chinese would continually steal his traps. He was constantly provoked by this sort of thing. Some of us who live
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