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Alone in Foochow and Mukden

Isidore Cyril Cannon

in Public Success, Private Sorrow

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099616
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207301 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099616.003.0013
Alone in Foochow and Mukden

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During his leave spent in the UK, Brewitt-Taylor (B-T) had been able to tend to his wife, spend time with his sons, and meet his future daughter-in-law and the Ellis family. When he returned to China in May 1914, he was assigned to Foochow as Commissioner. The Service was in charge of the Native Customs, and B-T was expected to create reports regarding the collection and levels of dues from junks. The station also had to collect fees for “sea-blubber,” and B-T asserted that closing the station down may have been efficient as the Foochow Head Office would be able to directly manage patrols. This chapter looks into how the Customs Service addressed various issues at the outbreak of the First World War in Europe, while also illustrating how several events at Mukden shaped much of B-T's personal life during that period.

Keywords: Foochow; Native Customs; Mukden; First World War; Customs Service

Chapter.  3650 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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