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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 28, 1912, Image 5

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were spending their spare time
CQncocfing bombs wherewith
they might send their general to
join his ancestors, being dissat
isfied because 4hey had received,
no pay for a long time, and be
sides, believing that the Republi
cans were going to win.
So Chang Hsun faded away
from Nankin, as has been said, in
the nighttime, and with only a
single body servant. And he left
Siao Mas' Tze and his other
wives behind.
Thereafter Siao Mas Tze
ceased' to exist to her friends and
relatives, and this is the story
that is told. ' t
The Lily of Nankin fell into
the hands of a marauding band of
Republicans, who looked upon
"her with great joy.
"Lo !" they cried, "here is a wo
man worth many taels !" And the
leader of the band promptly an
nounced that Siao 'Mas Tze 'be
longed to him.
At this, however, his soldiers
took issue with him.
"These be not the days of Man
chu tyrants," they told him. "This
is the-day of the free Republic,
and this woman belongs equally
to all of us, save" only that your
share, as leader, is greater than
our share. Let us .sell the woman
and become tich.'Y
Then another member ' of the
,band had a still brighter idea.
"Why not raffle.her?" he said.
"Everyone, even the poorest, will
find money to buy tickets for such
a woman -as this, and by a raffle
we shall make more money than
by-asale."
This idea was greeted vvitH
cheeks by his comrades, and the
news that Siao Mas Tze, Lily of
Nankin, was to be raffled off at
the cost of ten taels a ticket, was
spread broadcast throughout the
city.
Then indeed was there .great
excitement over all Nankmfor
the fame of the beauty of Siao
Mas Tze was known 'throughout
the capital o'f the South, and be
sides, the Republicans put Siao '
Mas Tze bn public view. ' ' t
Great was the rush for tickets
for truly there was none, however
mean he might be, who could look
upon the fair face of Siao Mas
Tze, and not desire fier greatly,
even at the cost of ten taels.-
The raffle was held, and a,poor
man, who had bought only one
ticket (some had bought tickets
by the sheaf), won, and -carried ,
off Sia6Mas Tze.
By the raffle, also, the Repub
licans realized 25,000 in .' good
hard money, at a time when
money was indeed scarce 'in'' the
Republican ranks.
All this the detectives of Chang
Hsun, who swarm over the coun
try about Nankm like flies, have
found out. . But who it was who
won and made off with the Lily
Nankin is not known, nor can all
Chang Hsun's detectives find out
Which is why Chang Hsun,
once powerful general, lives in
seclusion this city, and refuses to
look upon the faqes of any of his
other wives, whom the Republi
cans unkindly left him, and whom
he does not care about at all.

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