The Canton Municipality, it was alleged, paid during the past eight
months $25,800,000 for the maintenance of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen's army of
To help provide for this expenditure, taxes on viceopium-smoking,
gambling, etc.are levied to the extent of $17,200 a day. Raising
huge sums by loan came to an end when Cantonese merchants declined to
take up a New Year loan.
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