CHINA: Fat Grasshoppers

The dread, slow-spreading famine in Shantung and adjoining provinces (TIME, Feb. 6) had pushed 150,000 Chinese to the brink of Death, last week, put 300,000 into a condition of "agonizing starvation," and rendered 1,000,000 stomachs light if not quite empty.

These figures, approximate, were issued by Manhattan's China Famine Relief Fund Committee, plus the warning that contributions must be made soon or too late.

Secretary Earl Baker, of the Committee, cabled from Shanghai, last week, that the myriads of grasshoppers which partially caused the famine by devouring crops are now being devoured in turn by famished humans. Fat grasshoppers are fought...

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