CHINA: Soothsayers' Year

Glumly on the first day of spring last week, Celestials read almost unanimous forecasts by China's most esteemed soothsayers that in 1937 will break "The Big War" between their country and Japan. What clinched this soothsaying in many Chinese minds last week was the appointment in Tokyo of a sword-handy Cabinet which proceeded to squelch the Japanese Diet. New Japanese Premier General Hayashi is known and hated throughout China as "The Border Crosser." Reason: in 1931 his troops were the first Japanese unit to cross the border from Korea, invading Chinese Manchuria,...

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