Foreign News: Foolish Elder Brother

Just before dawn in Peiping's model prison a policewoman called to Yoshiko Kawashima through the barred opening of her cell. But Yoshiko slept soundly. Her cell mate, Mrs. Li, a middle-aged opium smuggler, shook her. Said Mrs. Li in great compassion: "Get up, foolish-elder brother."*

Yoshiko opened her eyes, raised herself on a shoulder. "Why," she grumbled, "do you wake me so early this morning?"

"I am afraid," replied Mrs. Li, "to think why."

Thus began the last hour of Yoshiko's strange life. She was born, the Princess Chin Pi-hui (Radiant Jade) of the Manchu...

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