CHINA: Vanishing Metropolis

The first sting of winter hung over a dying city on the Soochow mud flats last week. Its International Settlement had been under Japanese military domination since August. Its tide of fleeing foreigners had reached flood last month with the evacuation of U. S. citizens; its foreign colony had shrunk to a scattering of bitter-enders: U. S. taipans unwilling to leave. White Russians and anti-Nazi refugees unable to leave, British nationals who had no place to go.

Every side of Shanghai's life breathed collapse. Automobiles, refrigerators, even baby carriages swamped the market...

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