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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 22, 1949)
By Harold K. Milks
Nanking, Saturday, Jan. 22—
(AP)— President Chiang Kai-Shek
retired from his historic role as
China’s leader yesterday and his
successor reportedly agreed to send
peace delegatees to meet the Com
Vice-President Li Tsung-Jen,
thrust into leadership of stricken
China when Chiang relinquished
his 22-year command of the gov
ernment, was in constant consulta
tion with his top advisers.
One of these advisers said Li
had agreed to send the delegates,
but no decision was reached on
those to go.
The Communist radio suggested
yesterday that delegates be sent
to meet the reds.
There was no further mention of
this broadcast, which was not
heard in San Francisco. Whether it
was made after the announcement
of Chiang’s retirement was not im
mediately known. If it was, it
seemed clear that Li was accepta
ble to the communists.
It was expected that three prom
inent peace advocates in Nanking
—Former Premier Chang Chun,
Gen. Chang Chih-Chung and Shao
Li-Tzc—would be asked to serve
When Chiang flew away from
Nanking late yesterday he left be
hind a statement so ambiguous
that officials of his crumbling re
gime held it up until midnight.
They revised it after conferring
with Chiang by telephone at his
ancestral home in Fenghwa, 210
miles southeast of Nanking.
Asked whether a surrender deal
might now be tried with the ascen
dant Communists or what would
happen next, one high official re
“Frankly, we don’t know. It all
depends on what we are able to do
now. If the government under LI is
able to make a settlement with the
Communists, there will be no Rea
son for the generalissimo to return.
If not—who knows what will hap
In any case, Chiang’s departure
is an important step toward peace.
The almos't-victorious Communists
have refused to deal with him on
any terms except total surrender
and have put him number one on
their list of "war criminals."
The Communist radio, heard in
Shanghai and San Francisco short
ly after Chiang’s departure, started
a statement that the government's
Jan. 19 truce proposal was “utter
ly unreasonable and hypocritical.”
It suddenly broke off, sent a “rub
out” signal and resumed on a dif
ferent subject. It appeared that the
reds might just have heard the
news and decided to keep quiet
until they could determine what it
No sooner had Vice President Li
taken over than he accepted the
resignation of T. V. Soong, Chiang
Kai-Shek’s millionaire brother-in
law, as governor of Kwangtung
province. He appointed the Can
tonese war hero Gen. Hseuh Yueh
Soong was reported leaving im
mediately by air for Canton, seat
of Kwangtung province, and in
tending to proceed to the United
Madame Chiang, Young’s sister,
is in New York, where she declined
to comment. She flew to Washing
ton December 1 in a vain attempt
to get large American aid to help
her husband stave off Communist
Premier Sun Fo and his entire
cabinet also immediately tendered
president but were asked to re
pre sident but were asked to re
main. This is the usual courtesy
when a new administration takes
There was no direct word from
Li, but it was learned reliably that
he agreed to become acting presi
dent only after a long and bitter
argument with Chiang.
The 58-year-old Li was said to
have accepted only after receiving
assurances that the official seal
and other full evidences of author
ity be handed over to him. Li was
elected vice president last April
over the strong opposition of Chi
ang, who had favored Sun Fo.
A Sunday dinner will be given at
Westminster house January 23 at
3 p.m. Forty cents will be charged.
This is the first in a series of Sun
day evening dinners at Westmin
Worship service will begin at 7
o’clock followed by a forum.
Evedyone is welcome.
Canterbury club will meet with
Methodist students at Wesley
douse Sunday evening to hear Dr.
McGowan speak on “Beliefs That
Matter.” Supper will be at 5:15 and
it 6:30 the lecture will begin.
All students are invited.
Hi! Ho! ana Away
Spencer’s butte will be today s
goal for students leaving with the
Outing club at 12:30 from Gerlin
ger hall. Girls should bring a sack
lunch and dress in comfortable
clothing, said President Hazel Pe
Students need not be members
of the club to attend. The trek will
end at 6 p.m.
Plymouth club will hold its reg
ular snack supper this Sunday at
5 p. m. in the Congregational church
Mr. Winslow Cuthbert will speak on
“The Background of India.” Mr.
Cuthbert has spent 26 years in In
Dr. K. E. Montgomery, assistant
professor of speech, coached the
;ight speakers for the Intercolle?
jiate Forensic association of Ore
gon, not E. R. Nichols, assistant
professor of speech, as printed in
dia as a representative of the So
cony Oil company. All University
students are invited.
Bible Study Sunday
Bible study will be conducted at
Luther house Sunday morning at
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versity men prefer women who
wear their hair.
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