CHINA: Retreat, Coup

Chinese mercenaries swarmed up from Shantung and down from Manchuria. They united near the mouth of the great river Pei, and forced other Chinese mercenaries who were attempting to obstruct them (TIME, March 22) to abandon their positions and flee up the river toward Tientsin and Peking. Within a few days the invading mercenaries had taken Tientsin, with its 750,000 inhabitants, its 5,301 foreign residents, including 542 U. S. citizens. Late despatches indicated that the defeated mercenaries had retreated almost to Peking. Who Paid? Carnal observers displayed a pardonable curiosity as...

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