Foreign News: THE DESPERATE URGENCY OF FLIGHT

TIME'S Correspondent Theodore H. White last week cabled from Chungking this dispatch on starvation in China:

Twenty or more thousand square miles in northern Honan Province are clutched in the grip of hunger. Men and women are eating the bark of trees and grass roots; swollen-bellied children are being sold for grain. Thousands have already died, hundreds of thousands are failing, ten millions face the slow winter-long agony of starvation. Causes: 1) the Japanese, who destroyed the rice before they retreated; 2) the gods, who sent no rain for the wheat.

Honan Province is shaped like a sloppy rectangle and is bounded...

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