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"UNLESS CHINESE CHANGE WAYS THEY'LL BE
AS MISERABLE UNDER REPUBLIC AS EVER"
BY HERBERT QUICK
(Copyright, 1913, by the Newspaper
Our old friend, WiTTiiFang, is
the most cosmopolitan of Chinamen.
He out-Yankeed the Yankees when
over there, .and if sent to the court
of St. James would talk the smartest
dialect of the smartest set in Lon
don. For Mr. Wu is one of the smart
est men on earth.
He asks a mighty interesting ques
tion in the interview he accorded to
Mr. Edwin J. Dingle. "Let us once
get our masses in China educated as
Americans are educated, and China,
now that she has dropped the fetters
of royalty, will become the greatest
of the nations of the earth yes, even
greater than the United States!"
A republic of 300,000,000 people
may be no better off and no greater
in all that makes up the true grand
eur of a nation than one of infinitely
smaller proportions. How can the
Chinese republic be better or greater
as a nation than the Chinese empire?
By one way only more individual
plenty, and consequently more gen
Unless the Chinese change their
ways they will be as miserable under
the republic as they have ever been.
They are forever afraid of famine, or
suffering it. The republic has no
recipe for curing famine.
A recipe may be found, to be sure.
Engineering works may be built for
the reclamation of great areas of
lands now subject to floods. The
Chinese coal mines may become the
fuel depot of the world. The repub
lic may find water power which will
make labor more efficient. Thus a
living for millions might be found for
millions more than now inhabit the
But so long as the Chinese birth
rate remains as high as it now is,
the people will outnumber their re
sources. Wu Ting-Fang says that the
thing they need most to copy they
have not imitated the low Western
birthrate. So long as their present
multiplication continues poverty will
continue; and so long as poverty per
sists, education is only a dream.
Wu Ting-Fang speaks of a time
when all Chinese will be as well edu
cated as Americans. He must give
the boys and girls time to study or
they can never become educated. He
must give them prosperity so that
they may think of something else be
sides food and children or his educa
tion will do no good.
There is a lesson in this for all na
tions. Enlightenment, ' education,
prosperity all these are easy to'the
enlightened, educated and prosperous
people. But general and grinding
poverty like that of China is self
perpetuating. Our only hope for our
own democracy is that our masses
may never complete their descent in
to that gulf. China may climb out of
it; but if she does and we all hope
she may her rising will be a miracle
the like of which this world has never
It .is easy to go down, hard to
The heiress was' about to marry a
penniless peer. To him she said:
"My dear, I'm rather a new wo
man, you know; so do you mind ask
ing the bishop to omit the word
'obey' in our wedding ceremony?"
Lord Lacland stroked his mus
tache, smiled cynically, and an
swered: "No, I don't mind, my love. I'll just
tell the old boy to make it 'love, honor
and supply.' "
We like that Judge Booher of
Butte. He decides that the chair
woman of a suffraget meeting can
make as much noise as she likes in
trying to preserve order.