MANCHUKUO: Ting's Tenth

In Tokyo businesslike Bolsheviks offered for sale last week the romantic railroad spanning wild & woolly North Manchuria which was imperially and corruptly whelped at the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II.

In 1891 while he was still Tsarevich, young Nicholas sailed with a gorgeous retinue into dazzled Vladivostok. This outpost of the Russian Empire he proclaimed —quite in the manner of Edward of Wales today—must be linked by rail with St. Petersburg. Preferably the line should run direct, cutting from Vladivostok straight across North Manchuria, then Chinese. Five years later China's wicked old...

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