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GREAT CHINESE PHILOSOPHER AND PUBLICIST
SENDS SPECIAL MESSAGE TO AMERICA
(Editor's Note Dr. Wu Ting Fang, the most popular minister a foreign
country ever sent to America, is back in his native China. He has taken
no open part fn the great revolution there by which China became a repub
lic, but he has been watching events closely, bringing to bear upon them all
the brilliance of his keen intellect. Edwin J. Dingle, special correspondent
in China for The Day Book, visited him in his palace overlooking Shanghai
and got from him the only important interview he has consented to give out
since royalty was overthrow in his land. Dr. Wu is the Chinese who went
through America a few years ago, leaving a spindrift of epigram and philos
ophy in his bubbling wake. He was showered with degrees from American
universities in recognition of his- learning and his "understanding."
In China, it is predicted, Dr. Wu is destined to be the next president and
the man who will eventually land the new republic safely on its feet.)
BY EDWIN J. DINGLE
Shanghai, China, Nov. 10.--"Let us
once get our masses educated as
Americans are educated and China,
now that she has dropped the fetters
of royalty, will become the greatest
of all the nations of the earth yes,
even greater than the United States!"
This is the answer of famous Dr.
Wu, the "first citizen of China." I
had called on him in his palace on the
hills of Shanghai called to ask him
what he thought of the destiny of
".New China." At first Dr. Wu re
fused, as a "private citizen," to com
ment on the doings of the officials of
the first great oriental republic and
their works, but at last consented be
cause, as he said, "he liked to talk
to his best friends, the Americans.
"Education general education is
our first need and our greatest need.
It is the imperative need of any coun
try where the people rule. To rule
well presupposes trained minds.
Chinese minds must be trained.
Think what a republic a republic of
300,000,000 educated people will
"Of course, we all are great talkers
we Chinese," exclaimed Dr. Wu,
"and often the commonest men in
the country are the best orators. But
education means more than just talk
ing, and we must bring it about, for
until China I mean the common
millions are educated we shall still
be compelled to remain a backward
nation. That is, so far as it affects
western civilization. But I think we
have shown the world that we have
men with brains.
"We have sent out young men to
the universities of America and Eu
rope, and it is not an uncommon
thing for them to take honors in open
competition. We know the Chinese
people can learn, but they have not
been given the chance.
"But we must remember that it is
in the masses of the people that we
have our strength. The scholars say
that they will do this and they will do
that, but the scholars in China have
always been famous as fine talkers
and sometimes they have not been
numbered among the doers. Dealing
with primary and middle schools is by
far the more important."
"Do you think that the returned
scholars, those who have been to
Japan and America, are doing as
much as they might towards the edu
cating of the people?" I asked.
"There are not many of them who
devote their livesto teaching, are
"Well, not a great number. These
men are ambitious and desire to get
on for themselves. You do not find
many men in your own country who
are prepared, merely for the love of,
the thing, to go in for teaching.They
go out into the world and make' ;