AMERICAN NOTES: Oh, Rats

AMERICAN NOTES

Has Richard Nixon added a court astrologer to his already massive staff? On the Chinese calendar, the lunar year 4670 starts on Feb. 15, and will be known as the Year of the Rat. The President plans to arrive in Peking on Feb. 21, the seventh and most auspicious day of the Chinese New Year observance. If the sun shines on that day, according to the Chinese folklore, the whole year will be a bright one for mankind.

The rat is the first in the Chinese cycle of symbolic animals, and so the Year of the Rat is the beginning...

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