JAPAN: Tenno Dies, Tenshi Lives

Commerce halted and impending Death hushed the people of Japan last week into a dread dull stillness. Their Emperor lay dying at Hayama (TIME, Nov. 22 et seq.). They knew that the shades of his 122 imperial ancestors were assembling at Tokyo in awful conclave round the Imperial Shrine in the Chiyoda Palace. It was as though the people of the U. S. should suspend all activity, believing that Washington, Lincoln, Pierce, Arthur and the 23 other dead Presidents had gathered, majestic ghosts, at the Capitol.


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