CHINA: Meditation in Kuling

Whenever Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek had a big decision to make, he liked to get away from his desk for quiet meditation. Early last month he went to the summer capital, Kuling, with Madame Chiang and a small staff. When he did not return after the first few days, the rumor factories in Shanghai and Nanking got busy: the Gimo had been assassinated; he had gone mad; he was preparing to resign. One other rumor was actually true: the Generalissimo had indeed received additional U.S. technical help—he had just been fitted with a brand-new set of American false teeth.

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