In this pamphlet's introduction, in a subsection entitled "Getting At The Facts" (page 6), Foster writes:
I have before me twenty-seven textbooks and translations from Chinese manuscripts, which seem to be worthy of consideration. After carefully tabulating their rules and comparing them in parallel columns, I find that all twenty-seven agree upon what might be called the cardinal points of the scoring. They differ only in the limitation of certain scores to certain hands, and in the bonuses or doubles. These differences, which are chiefly confined to American writers, are easily traceable to one cause; the alteration of certain parts of the original game, and the introduction of new elements, without making the rest of the game conform to them.
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