Foreign News: Death in the Dog Days

In The Year of the Dog the eleventh day of the eleventh month is an auspicious one for the offering of sacrifices; the twelfth day favors the digging of graves, the making of coffins, and the burial of the dead. On the night of Nov. 11, 36 black-robed Taoist priests gathered in the compound of Peiping's ancient and beautiful Paiyunkuan (White Cloud temple). They had come to sit in judgment, and to propitiate the Taoist gods.

From their monastic quarters near the main temple, the priests dragged the abbot of Paiyunkuan, An Shih-lin, and...

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