ASSOCIATE CURATOR OF MAMMALS IN THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF
NATURAL HISTORY AND LEADER OF THE MUSEUM'S ASIATIC
ZO\u00d6LOGICAL EXPEDITION OF 1916-1917; FELLOW NEW YORK ACADEMY
OF SCIENCES; CORRESPONDING MEMBER ZO\u00d6LOGICAL SOCIETY OF
LONDON, MEMBER OF THE BIOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON;
AUTHOR OF 'WHALE HUNTING WITH GUN AND CAMERA'
PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE ASIATIC ZO\u00d6LOGICAL EXPEDITION
THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED TO PRESIDENT HENRY FAIRFIELD OSBORN AS
"Let us probe the silent places, let us seek what luck betide us;
Let us journey to a lonely land I know.
There's a whisper on the night-wind, there's a star agleam to guide us,
And the Wild is calling, calling ... let us go."
The object of this book is to present a popular narrative of the Asiatic Zo\u00f6logical Expedition of the American
Museum of Natural History to China in 1916-17. Details of a purely scientific nature have been condensed, or
eliminated, and emphasis has been placed upon our experiences with the strange natives and animals of a
remote and little known region in the hope that the book will be interesting to the general reader.
The scientific reputation of the Expedition will rest upon the technical reports of its work which will be
published in due course by the American Museum of Natural History. To these reports we would refer those
readers who desire more complete information concerning the results of our researches. At the time the
manuscript of this volume was sent to press the collections were still undergoing preparation and the study of
the different groups had just begun.
Although the book has been largely written by the senior author, his collaborator has contributed six chapters marked with her initials; all the illustrations are from her photographs and continual use has been made of her daily journals; she has, moreover, materially assisted in reference work and in numerous other ways.
That the Expedition obtained a very large and representative collection of small mammals is owing in a great measure to the efforts of Mr. Edmund Heller, our companion in the field. He worked tirelessly in the care and preservation of the specimens, and the fact that they reached New York in excellent condition is, in itself, the best testimony to the skill and thoroughness with which they were prepared.
Our Chinese interpreter, Wu Hung-tao, contributed largely to the success of the Expedition. His faithful and
enthusiastic devotion to our interests and his tact and resourcefulness under trying circumstances won our
lasting gratitude and affectionate regard.
The nineteen months during which we were in Asia are among the most memorable of our lives and we wish to express our deepest gratitude to the Trustees of the American Museum of Natural History, and especially to President Henry Fairfield Osborn, whose enthusiastic endorsement and loyal support made the Expedition possible. Director F.A. Lucas, Dr. J.A. Allen and Mr. George H. Sherwood were unfailing in furthering our interests, and to them we extend our hearty thanks.
To the following patrons, who by their generous contributions materially assisted in the financing of the
Expedition, we wish to acknowledge our great personal indebtedness as well as that of the Museum; Mr. and
Mrs. Charles L. Bernheimer, Mr. and Mrs. Sidney M. Colgate, Messrs. George Bowdoin, Lincoln Ellsworth,
James B. Ford, Henry C. Frick, Childs Frick, and Mrs. Adrian Hoffman Joline.
The Expedition received many courtesies while in the field from the following gentlemen, without whose
co\u00f6peration it would have been impossible to have carried on the work successfully. Their services have been
referred to individually in subsequent parts of the book: The Director of the Bureau of Foreign Affairs of the
Province of Y\u00fcn-nan; M. Georges Chemin Dupont\u00e8s, Director de l'Exploration de la Compagnie Fran\u00e7aise
des Chemins de Fer de l'Indochine et du Y\u00fcn-nan, Hanoi, Tonking; M. Henry Wilden, Consul de France,
Shanghai; M. Kraemer, Consul de France, Hongkong; Mr. Howard Page, Standard Oil Co., Y\u00fcn-nan Fu; the
Hon. Paul Reinsch, Minister Plenipotentiary and Envoy Extraordinary to the Chinese Republic, Mr. J.V.A.
McMurray, First Secretary of the American Legation, Peking; Mr. H.G. Evans, British-American Tobacco
Co., Hongkong; the Rev. William Hanna, Ta-li Fu; the Rev. A. Kok, Li-chang Fu; Ralph Grierson, Esq.,
Teng-yueh; Herbert Goffe, Esq., H.B.M. Consul General, Y\u00fcn-nan Fu; Messrs. C.R. Kellogg, and H.W.
Livingstone, Foochow, China; the General Passenger Agent, Canadian Pacific Railroad Company, Hongkong;
and the Rev. H.R. Caldwell, Yenping, who has read parts of this book in manuscript and who through his
criticisms has afforded us the benefit of his long experience in China.
The importance of the scientific exploration of Central Asia--The region which the Asiatic Zo\u00f6logical Expedition investigated--Personnel of the Expedition--Equipment--Applicants for positions upon the Expedition
Up the Min River
Arrival at Foochow--Foochow--We leave for Yen-ping--The Min River--Our first night in asampan--Miss
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