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At 4 p.m. on Nov. 11, the eve of China's National Assembly, five middle-aged men waited in the reception room of a snug, red brick house in Nanking. Five nonpartisan moderates, they had come—in a political atmosphere taut as a ripe boil—to seek audience with Generalissimo Chiang Kaishek, at his home.

The Gissimo greeted them gravely, served tea and cakes. Then, in behalf of China's middle-road parties, they presented a petition: would the Generalissimo postpone the Assembly until Dec. 1, in the hope that all parties might be persuaded to attend? The Gissimo said...

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