Wall poem translation:
My Wife’s Admonishment
“You go abroad to seek wealth because we are poor.
In your sojourn, do not sow your wild oats.
Before you departed, I enjoined you to remember
You have a wife and children at home.
Please work diligently and be frugal with money.
Two years hence, return home to sweep your ancestor’s tombs.
Remember, our backs are bare;
Not half a cup of rice can be scooped from the pot.
All our housewares are worn and torn;
Our house is dilapidated.
Your gambling has driven us to poverty.
In tears, I beg you to repent.
You are fortunate to have an elder brother to pay your head tax.
Always remember your gratitude to him.”
Xin Hai Year (1911)