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The Truth about China

Excerpt from The Truth About China It would require several ponderous volumes, and much more detailed information than we can claim to possess to give a comprehensive survey of the real situation in this country to-day, and we do not propose to attempt it. But there are certain facts which are more or less common knowledge to all who have spent any time in this country recently which may well be placed on record, with our own inferences therefrom. The role of a candid friend is, we know, a thankless one. Smooth words, the suppression of unpleasant details, emphasis on the brighter side of things, are far more welcome. Yet if Europe and America are to spare time and energy from their other numerous preoccupations to assist China, such assistance as they can give can only be wisely directed if it is based upon knowledge. One example will suffice. North China to-day is in the throes of a terrible famine, which threatens the very existence of from fifteen to twenty millions of the population. An S.O.S. call has been sent out to the civilized world first aid. The American Red Cross is appealing for funds to save the famine-stricken Chinese from starvation; the Lord Mayor of London has been asked to open a Mansion House Fund; the Governments of Japan and of India and other British Possessions have been urged to interest themselves in the saving of Chinese lives. But there is not a single well-informed foreigner in this country who would regard with approval, proposals to raise large funds from the charitably minded abroad, and to entrust them to the Peking Government for relief work. What would happen if this were done may not be known in Europe or America, but is fully understood out here by foreigners and Chinese alike. A mere fraction of the money received would be extravagantly expended upon famine relief the balance would simply disappear, some into the pockets of officials entrusted with relief work, some probably in electioneering expenses in the interests of certain political cliques, some in meeting the blackmailing demands of mutinous soldiery. The one, the only way of ensuring honest and economical administration of relief funds and supplies is to entrust them to reputable Sine-Foreign organizations which will account satisfactorily for every dollar expended, and will, with the co-operation of experienced foreigners, chiefly Protestant and Roman Catholic Missionaries, ensure the equitable distribution of foodstuffs and other necessities among those who are actually in need. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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