While grim Japanese moved to crush Jehol in the jaws of a major offensive, short, stout, redoubtable Governor Tang Yulin put on a one-man Chinese rodeo in his yamen at Chengteh, delighted correspondents with Chinese cowboy feats. (Jehol has been called China's "Wild East.")

Spurring full speed on a shaggy Mongolian pony, War Lord Tang flourished his repeating rifle, drew bead on a stationary target, riddled its bulls-eye with lead. ''Marshal Tang is also a dead pistol shot," boasted one of his officers. "He shoots with his left hand, with his right...

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