The swarm is altogether out of proportion to the width of Chinese territory and even the fertility of Chinese soil.
In mere extent of surface, China is a country of the second rank; a trifle bigger than Mexico, a trifle less than Brazil.
She is not half so vast as Canada or the United States.
But in the number of her population she exceeds all countries under heaven.
That population is incredible.
If the inhabitants of Mexico and Brazil, Canada and the United States, were hBrazil, Canada and the United States, were heaped together, they would scarcely equal those of her two Eastern provinces.
Add the denizens of Europe to those of America, and the totals will not reach the total of China.
Queen Victoria may have a larger empire, but she has fewer subjects than the Son of Heaven.
Keang-Su has twice as many persons on a square mile as Belgium, the most thickly peopled corner of Europe.
Che-kiang is scarcely less dense than Kiang-Su.
The soil is various, and in many provinces rich; but no soil, however f