Foreign News: Shamelessness of Generals

The Japanese advance which rolled down through Shantung intending to capture Suchow (TIME, Jan. 17) was badly behind schedule last week and Chinese guerilla warfare was getting into its stride, in both north and central China. Large guerilla forces reportedly recaptured Hoh-sien, some 35 miles up the Yangtze from Nanking, surrounded Tsining in Shantung.

Once a war gets into the guerilla stage accurate coverage becomes impossible, and correspondents settled down for a long siege of guessing. They were certain that 1,000,000 rifles had not just been passed out among the Chinese peasantry, an impossible fantasy which Chinese newsorgans gravely reported as a...

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