World War: FAR EASTERN THEATER: Coast Drive for Peace Drive

In the cities of Free China last week could be seen a time-honored sight: groups of poor young men being marched through the streets, each tied to the one in front of him by ropes around the neck. These were not criminals. They were simply draftees, being subjected to the traditional insurance against their never reaching camp.

There was good reason why the crop of conscripts was being reaped. The Japanese neighbor, waving a sword in one hand and a pact with Russia in the other, was bearing down.

According to Chinese estimates, about...

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