CHINA: Mopping Up the People

Dr. Pei Wen-chung is China's most noted paleontologist. He made his reputation in 1929 when he discovered the skull of Sinanthropus, the Peking man, who lived half a million years ago. Recently Dr. Pei discovered some Chinese contemporaries known as "The Fire Society." Shocked and angry after a trip to his native village, he wrote about it in Tientsin's Ta Kung Pao:

"The legal names of the society are plenty. It was first called 'The Loyal People's Home Returning Squad,' then 'The Volunteer Young Men's Squad.'. . . These squads were ordered dispersed...

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