CHINA: The Rice of Szechwcm

The Rice of Szechwan

All through Szechwan Province last week the squealing of unoiled wheelbarrows made sensitive eardrums quiver. Rice was wheeling in—tons of rice in dust-coated, round, bulging sacks. In the ears of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek the sound was a screech of victory. It meant that Szechwan, Chungking's Province, at last was his.

Conquest of a Province. For a generation before the war Szechwan, richest, largest, most populous province of China, lived by itself. Warlords dominated it. They lived in great palaces equipped with foreign-style, pink, green and lavender-tiled bathrooms pleasing to their many concubines. The streets of their cities...

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