CHINA: Nine Tings of Yü

A -well-informed traveler from Chungking brought the following story, suppressed in China, to the U.S. last week.

Chiang Kai-shek sat alone in a room adjoining the Kuomintang auditorium in Chungking. In the hall itself waited 500 Party delegates, government leaders, scholars, celebrities. Before them on the platform stood nine fine bronze tings.* They were inscribed with a classical eulogy, of a type which Chinese tradition reserves for the greatest of men. Copied from ancient models, the vessels carried a symbolic message which was capable of affecting history.

About 2,205 B.C. the great Yu, half-mythical founder of the Hsia dynasty, melted metals...

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