Foreign News: Hindenburglary & Explosions

China's heavily fortified defense line, the so-called "Hindenburg Line" about 200 miles north of captured Nanking (see p. 17), was being approached from both sides by fresh Japanese thrusts last week with such vigor that Hankow dispatches reported the aplomb of the Chinese Government there "shattered."

Private messages from Hankow, where Chinese censors worked overtime on news dispatches, reported that Chinese statesmen of the Kuomintang or National People's Party who set up the Government over ten years ago (TIME, May 2, 1927, et ante) "now fear the common people of China more than they do the Japanese, and would compromise with Japan...

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