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here really taught our people most
of what they know about occidental
forms of free government.
"Many people were surprised at the
ease with which the Manchu dynasty
was overthrown;"- he said. "They
thought the Manchus could never be
abolished. But a new spirit has been
silently growing in Ghiria. The new
spirit came about through contact
with 'the missionaries and other for
eigners.. It grew slowly, but, when
the great hkmwas struck, the people
rose up as' a mass in favor of a better
order of things.
"I do not" blame the Manchus,
though. They should be pitied lor
their ignorance. They did not under
stand the'icommon people."
"You think that there is a better
chance for reform now than there
was under the Manchus?"
"Why wouldn't there be? But we
must go slowly and carefully. The
trouble with some of the Young
China party is that they wish to run
before they learn to walk."
Wu Ting's greatest fear seems to
be that the new republican govern
ment will unite the church and state.
"Some great men in China desire
to make Confucianism the state re
ligion," he said. "But there are many
Mohammedans and Buddists in
China. What will we do with them
if we officialize Confucianism?
"And besides it's against the con
stitution and the constitution
shpuld not be violated in so extraor
dinary a degree."
"What about Christianity?" I
"There has never been a state re
ligion in China," he said. "Why have
one now? Christianity has done so
much for the Chinese that it can
never be uprooted in China."
Dr. Wu Ting Pang doesn't believe
that America, with practically 100,
000,000," is menaced, even commer
cially, with China's 300,000,000.
"It is idle for the western coun
tries to expect any competition with
China, commercially, for many many 1
years to come," he told me. "Before
she becomes a commercial competi- -tor,
China must be an enormous
buyer. But the time is coming when
China will hold her own with the rest
of the world.
"Even this early, in our new stage
of progress, the demand for foreign ,
things is growing. I am often sur
prised to know that, even in the far.
"Hurrah for China!" Dr. Wu Shouted
As He Waved Me Good-bye.
interior places, people are getting to
know the uses of foreign things and
are calling .for sewing machines and.
phonographs and cameras and ice
boxes and many of the other things'
of western civilization!
"One odd thing about the Chinese'
he said with a smile, "is their belief in
advertising. They believe the printed
word is sacredly true, and manufac
turers from America, with all the ad
vertising schemes I saw displayed;
there when I was. minister tp Wash.