CHINA: When Headlines Cry Peace

On a bustling Nanking street, a newsboy said, "When headlines cry peace, it's easy to sell papers." Last week, the newsboy sold a lot of papers. A mounting clamor for peace with the Communists, at almost any price, was sweeping Nationalist China's crumbling fronts.

Shanghai's powerful city council—addressing the Communists as "gentlemen" instead of "bandits"—radioed its peace appeal direct to Red headquarters at Yenan. Peiping and Tientsin, completely isolated by Red armies, followed suit. The press burst out with reports that U.S. marines were leaving their base at Tsingtao (where they had...

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