Mr. Burnip administering relief" to famine victims. Kiangsu [Jiangsu]. 1912. Photograph possibly by Lillian Burnip (1878 - 1930). The Kiangsu province had suffered famine each year for four years previous to this photograph being taken, as a result of flooding caused by the overflowing of the Hangchow [Hangzhou] to Tientsin [Tianjin] canal. Ernest Burnip (1868 - 1932) worked as a missionary in China between 1899 and 1908, returning to Shanghai in 1912 with his wife, Lillian Cropper, a missionary with the Hankow [Wuhan] mission. In 1917 Burnip resigned to accept a commercial appointment in Shanghai.; In the LMS Chronicle, December 1912, Burnip wites "The accompanying photograph represents a group of about two hundred people, who, at the beginning of the famine, had migrated to another province, hoping there to find some means of livelihood. They were disappointed, and had to return to their native district in grievous plight, and had it not been for the timely help of the famine fund, the majority, if not all, of these sufferers would have died. The general unrest of the Empire, and the lawlessness which was prevaling, considerably aggravated the sorrow of these poor and hungry people.