CHINA: Laopaihsing Poll

Laopaihsing—"old hundred names"—the Chinese call the little people of China. The laopaihsing are the backbone of China's long endurance. Last week in Kweilin, at the end of the trunk railway from Hengyang, New York Timesman Brooks Atkinson sampled laopaihsing opinion, asked the little people what they would do if the Japs came.

Said an old farmer: "We will get along. The rice crop is good. American planes will keep the Japs away."

Said a furniture dealer: "I am at the end of my resources. Since 1938 the Japs have driven my family and me from Nanking, Hankow and Changsha."

Said a tubmaker:...

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