CHINA: Death Under the Elms

"That people pull down their houses, sell their wives and daughters, eat roots and carrion, clay and leaves, is news nobody wonders at. It is the regular thing . . . The poorest people are dependent on willow and elm leaves, elm bark, and the various weeds . . . All the elm trees about many of the villages are stripped of their bark as high as the starving people can manage to get; they would peel them to the top but haven't the strength . . ."

So wrote the Rev. Timothy Richard,...