CHINA: Goodbye

From Nanking, TIME Correspondent Fred Gruin reported:

Although he had a private understanding with President Truman that he would take up the portfolio of the Department of State when Byrnes put it down, General Marshall, too, was surprised at the sudden call from Washington informing him that the time had come. On Monday evening he drove to the Gimo's to break the news of his departure.

Tuesday was crowded with a schedule of packing and farewells that never quite caught up with Marshall. Ambassador Stuart and Foreign Minister Wang Shih-chieh dropped in for lunch at the general's high-walled residence on Ning...

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