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SPECIALLY BUILT FOR BURNING OPIUM: FURNACES AT POOTUNG, OPPOSITE SHANGHAI.
, ~ THE BURNING OF OPIUM AT POOTUNG : STOKING THE FURNACES.
4 s~4 (Var Y i FEEDING THE FURNACES WITH OPIUM BALLS : A SCENE AT POOTUNG LAST JANUARY.
k4 III jl “• “!•~ t 3tg g dk,’ -‘ý f THE BURNING OF 1293 CHESTS OF OPIUM AT THE POOTUNG FURNACES SHOWING THE SHANGHAI BUND ACROSS THE RIVER. ..–
The Chinese Government has been making determined efforts to stamp out the opium traffic by buying up opium in large quantities and burning it. Our photographs show the work of burning in progress at Pootung, on the south bank of the river Whangpoo, opposite Shanghai. As many as 1293 chests of opium were bought by the Chinese
Government from opium-merchants at a cost of over 12,ooo,ooo dollars about 2,400oo,ooo. Special furnaces were built at Pootung, and the work of burning the opium balls took place from January 20 to 30 last. The chests were frst examined by experts to detect any counterfeit balls they might contain; but comparatively few were found.