FORMOSA: Powerful Retreat

Among the stone-and-mud houses of Little Half Heaven, an old, toothless woman leaned on a stick and whimpered softly. Her husband explained: she had lived on Upper Tachen all her life, and could not understand what was going on. "She's deaf; she cries all the time." he said, and grinned, showing a single yellow tooth in his lower jaw. She was not the only one who found the evacuation of the Tachens hard to understand. Generalissimo Chiang Kaishek, putting the best face he could on it, proclaimed that the Tachens' troops were...

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