CHINA: Hinterland Kill

Deep in China's southwest, roaming the great mountains of Kweichow where much of the world's mercury is mined and men speak a language called "Miao," feline Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek last week was stalking Communists, beating them from their lairs, butchering them by hundreds and then thousands—notwithstanding that he is a Methodist of bland and gentle mien.

An unprecedented novelty to terrified Kweichow were the Generalissimo's death-hurling U. S. bombing planes. Daily Chiang totaled up the kill—500 men, 2,000, then 5,000 as the pace of slaughter quickened; finally 7,000 slaughtered Chinese butchered in...

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