CHINA: Vernal Mood

"Spring in China," cabled TIME Correspondent William Gray, "is marked again by the normal abnormalcy of civil war—this time abnormally serious. There is probably even less cause for optimism now than last fall. By every means Nationalists and Communists are trying to improve their position with all haste before Referee Marshall returns.

"Despite all of Marshall's good efforts, there is little sign that China will soon, achieve what most Americans would regard as a real compromise. The Communists still plainly believe that compromise, while sometimes expedient, means surrender of gains or inhibition of...

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