CHINA: Newfangled Ronin

Classic Japanese heroes are the famed Forty Seven Ronin who perished centuries ago but live in Japanese brains today as examples of furtive, desperate, suicidal valor. Last week the Chinese military commander of Hopei Province, General Shang Chen, charged that "modern Japanese ronin" are sneaking about in his province stirring up Chinese farmers to revolt.

Sure enough, embattled farmers rose last week, capturing Hsiangho 40 mi. from Peiping, and besieging Yungching west of Tientsin. When General Shang dispatched two companies of Chinese soldiers to quell the rebels, Japanese officials flew into...

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