I had taken passage on one of the regular steamers from Manila to Hong Kong, and was to reship from there.
These grain elevators are really huge tanks where the grain is stored and kept dry until time to reship it.
It was easier and cheaper to buy the German-made product and reship it than to produce the same article at home.
The Danube steamers are not unfrequently obliged to stop at Drenkova and reship their passengers into smaller boats.
It was considered an advantage to reship cotton because moving it from one boat to another knocked the mud off the bales.