WAR IN CHINA: Rabbit into Dragon

High on a hill above the hurrying Kialing River, far enough outside Chungking town to be safe from air raids, sits the new Visitor's Hostel—a guest house to accommodate the steady stream of foreigners passing through the capital. On New Year's Eve, China's stocky, genteel, old-style Minister of Finance Dr. H. H. Rung gave a party there for the city's cosmopolite society—foreign diplomats, newspapermen, missionaries, native officials. The guests grew mellow on mild-tasting, brain-sieging Yellow Wine.

Up rose Dr. Kung. In perfect English he told the assembled foreigners that in the Chinese...

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