Foreign News: Turner of Spears

"People," said the tall, amiable Chinese in his Manhattan apartment last week, "are always progressing." In 67 years, China's Feng Yu-hsiang (known to the West as the "Christian General") has progressed at a fabulous pace. These days, a good many Americans who call themselves liberals hail him as a great Chinese democrat.

What is the secret of Feng's progress? Wrote a Chinese newspaper recently: "During the period of 1916 to 1925, he turned his spear backward seven times, at the rate of about once a year." That was a pretty good explanation, except for...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!