The 18th we got to Harbin. This is quite a city having a population of two hundred thousand people, half of which were Chinese. The city has no car line but it has hundreds of rickshaws and droskys. Here the Chinese Easter Railway comes from Port Arthur. About twenty miles south of here the decisive battle was fought.
Harbin is divided in two parts. One is Chinese and the other is every nationality one can think of. The city has some very large sugar factories and a few places where they make Opium.
We played here three days and left Harbin for Spasskoye back over the route we came. We got to the Manchurian Mountains. When we passed our headquarters moving to Verkhne Udinsk 1700 miles away we got orders to move back to Nikolsk and join our companies there. Our whole regiment had left Kharbarovsk and started on our Spring campaign. This time we were to have over 1800 miles of track to guard. So we had to go back three hundred miles to meet our companies and then come back over the same track.
This marks the end of George's time in the show troupe. He played the piano with a group of soldier-musicians traveling throughout Siberia and parts of China and Manchuria. Unfortunately, he does not write much about the actual performances the troupe put on for the other soldiers. It would be interesting to know more about them I think. It seems likely that the music played was rag time but from what I gather about the rise of Jazz it could be possible that they were playing a little early jazz as well.