CHINA: Distressing Notes

¶ Like a rabbit in the outstretched arms of a magician, Grand Admiral Yang Shu-chuang, Commander-in-Chief of the Chinese Navy, vanished in broad daylight last week at Foochow.

Members of his staff professed themselves as mystified as any necromancer's audience, began a frantic search of Foochow and vicinity.

Two days later at Nantai, ten miles from Foochow, a telegrapher started back pop-eyed when asked to send the following message:

The President,


I have escaped from my kidnapers.


Grand Admiral

¶ The Chinese Government's brusque decree abolishing "extraterritoriality"* (TIME, Jan. 6) drew...

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