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1. Part I. The Journey. In the later part of December 1925. Mr. Bishop suggested that I undertake [[strikethrough]] may go out for [[/strikethrough]] some [[strikethrough]] field [[/strikethrough]] work in the field. The idea immediately occurred to me that before the spade be brought out, [[strikethrough]] some [[/strikethrough]] a preliminary survey [[strikethrough]] world [[/strikethrough]] should be made. So it was agreed that I [[strikethrough]] was to [[/strikethrough]] should go to the southern part of Shansi and investigate [[strikethrough]]survey [[/strikethrough]] the archaeological possibilities along the Fêng River valley. The president of Tsing Hua College, Mr. Y. S. Tsao kindly consented to cooperate. In his official capacity, he wrote to Governer Yen Hsi-san and successfully arranged for a permit for me to travel in Southern Shansi. By a lucky coincidence also, the Geological Survey of China was [[strikethrough]] also [[/strikethrough]] on the point of sending Mr. P. L. Yüan [[strikethrough]] to [[/strikethrough]] to the same region for some field work in geology. Mr. Yüan is a geologist of much experience, [[strikethrough]] he had [[/strikethrough]] having travelled with Andersson in Kansu for two years and acquired a great deal of interest in prehistorical archaeology. So we arranged to travel together. Our start was somewhat delayed in the beginning and [[strikethrough]] There was considerable amount of fighting in North China at that time. The train service was very irregular, as most cars had been commandeered for military use. [[/strikethrough]] it was not until the 5th of February that we left Peking,- [[strikethrough]] It was [[/strikethrough]] just a week before the Chinese New Year. We arrived at T'ai-yüan on the 7th, and [While waiting for the train at Shih-chia-chuang junction, I made some study on the topography and the physical map of the southern part of Shansi. The Chêng-t'ai railroad that brought us to T'ai-yüan has a meter gauge, the only one in North China. It is the chief artery of communication that gathers the products of Central Shansi and send them out to feed the Kinhan trunk line. There is a large number of rich coal mines near the
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