INDO-CHINA: Death in the Monsoon


As it had for weeks, the monsoon rain drummed on the roof of the two-story European-style house which stood (significantly) between Saigon's French and native quarters. Within, tiny (4 ft. 11 in.) Dr. Nguyen Van Thinh, President of Cochin China's Provisional Government, pondered his troubles in the sticky gloom.

His medical studies in France three decades ago, and his French wife, had taught him much of Western culture. When he had returned to Indo-China he had successfully blended two careers: Occidental medicine and Oriental rice-growing. He had labored to preserve the best of...

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