CHINA: Docile Fatalists

Two hundred thousand Chinese drew taut their belts last week, faced starvation with what fortitude they might. For three weeks they had been besieged in the walled city of Wuchang. Super-Tuchun Chang Kaishek, the Cantonese Communist War Lord had ringed them round with a besieging army of 100,000 mercenaries. He demanded the surrender of the city, its arsenals, its ironworks, its mint. Terrified, the civil inhabitants would have acquiesced, surrendered. They were prevented from surrendering their own city by the military garrison left behind by Super Tuchun Wu Pei-fu, as he retreated before Chang...

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