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THE FAMINE IN CHINA

The " North China Daily News "of a recent date received from a correspondent at Newchwang a latter giving an account of what he has seen himself fa the oourae of a relief expedition with one of the missionaries who are devoting themselves to this arduous task, m a. climate where the thermometer stands constantly below zero. The details are almost too ihooavng to print. We read of families, their clothing and furniture sold or burnt for fuel, living on a broth made of chopped willow leaves, or the husks of millet. Many families has not even this, &a&- are patiently starving to death; : The writer tells of one family of six— and this is only one of hundreds of cases —living m a dog* out hole flash with the ground, about as large as a good-siz9d dog kennel, "eating stewed willow leaves^ and seeming to enjoy them; were the'remark was made that now the 7 New Year would come for them ; meaning, I suppose, that now there; were hope* of getting some food;" The 1 distributors of relief, too, run no little risk; The trirlteff aays j— " The people In most -canis'aia | driven almost to madness by hunger' vend when. one In m their midst alone, irith jast sdffiolent' knowledge of the langoage to make himself understood, to say'npth* Ing of the ghastly sights and unwholesome smells, I say the position U not enviable." One touohlrig lnoldent he mentions*^' A little girl about 12, on being 'givaii ft Chinese cake, Instead of eatfng it herMlf, immediately ohewed a small portion and gave It to a kitten, whloh snatched at It at a oat will at a bird. The poor kitten oould not stand, and sinoe their, grain" hid finished (two days) the kitten had not eaten anything, m It oonld not eal th* httlkl 00 which they were living,"

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THE FAMINE IN CHINA Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2133, 24 May 1889

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