THE KENTUCKY KERNEL
Extracts from a speech by Francis
Wei at Student Volunteer
Convention, Detroit, Mich.
I can think of two or three out
standing phenomena in our history of
four thousand years, which are at all
cance with what is going on in China
just now. These are the historic fig- Cho-Mi-
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Editor Removed for
Advocates Mencken Writing 'Manuscript
Found in Spittoon'
head of their organization, named the
Emergency Committee on United
States Policy in Nicaragua, are the
following objectives: i. Stop the war
2. Immediate withH. L. Mencken continues as a coldrawal of marines. 3. Invite the co- lege favorite, if balloting at the Unicounof
Committee of College Students operation supervision of Nicaraguan versity of Kansas may be generalized.
Denied Interview With the elections by civilians.
Students and faculty voting on the
President to Discuss NicaraThe thirty students were from community lecture course for next
guan and Foreign Politics. twenty-on- e
universities and colleges, year placed the editor of the Mercury
including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, first, and Charles Evans Hughes sec(By New Student Service) -Amherst, Union Theological Semin- ond. The college
list of eleven will
President ary, Vanderbilt, and Boston
NEW YORK, N. Y.
be voted on by citizens of Lawrence
Coolidge does not choose to discuss
who also have a voice in the selec- the Nicaraguan situation with collist in
Mistress: "Goodness, Mary, where tions. TTne student-iacult- y
comlege students. That is what a
is the telephone?"
the order of preference follows:
mitter of four students, representing
Mary: "Mrs. Brown called across Mencken, Hughes, Senator Borah,
a larger committee of thirty from the fence asking if she could use it, Emil Ludwig, Will Durant, Johr
the most prominent colleges of the so I scut it across, but I had an awful
Edward Bok, Bertrand Russell,
country, discovered when they went job to get it off the wall."
Rabbi Stephen "Wise, John Masefield,
16 armto the White House on April
The Economist. and Richard J. Halliburton.
ed with a letter of introduction. The
got no further than the
President's confidential secretary who
read them a lecture on what students
shouldn't think about. Not even the
fact that one of the students was a
member of President Coolidge's fraternity at Amherst carried weight
with the Coolidge secretary.
Undergraduates have no right to
think, to meddle in foreign affairs.
stormed the secretary. Furthermore,
to intimate that something might be
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When one of the students produced
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a letter of protest against Mr Cool
idge's Nicaraguan policy, signed by a
group of Mt. Holyoke students, there
was another outburst. For students
at a girls' college to tell the President
of the United States how to conduct
his foreign policy 'seemed folly, indeed. They ought to know better
With the senators the students had
better luck. Eighteen of them were
interviewed by the delegation. Most
of them were fatalists when it came
to talking about Nicaragua. "We've
our hand in Nicaragua; we can't turn
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needless to say. For on the letter
ures of Confucius, the ambition of
the First Emperor, and the introduction of Buddhism.
Can you imagine a whole nation of
China's population and tradition suddenly awakened from a deep slumber
and becoming desperate in mass
movement, urged on by the most primary human impulses? That is the
situation in China just now. For the
cause of it, we have to go back a
hundred years or so. There is "always more than one interpretation of
history. The writing of history is in
its very nature a selective process.
Of every historical event, each man
has his own account to give and if
he is at all interested in it he will
give his account with a certain feeli
ng, iiut feeling is a tact, ana it has
also its factual basis. As to the historical background of the present
movement in China, I will try to make
a long tale short.
China was opened to international
trade in the first half of the nineteenth century, much against the
wishes of the Chinese. This does not
mean, of course, that there had been
no trade between China and the rest
of the world before the cancellation
of the charter of the United East In
dia Company and the appointment of
Napier as the British representative
at Canton. But trade involving di- -'
rect political contact was a thing of
the early nineteenth century. Political contact soon led to a clash of national pride and prejudice, a clash between different ideas of right and
wrong. A series of wars followed.
China was repeatedly brought to humiliation in battles but not convinced
of her unreasonableness or of her in
feriority except in modern warfare.
But a movement was soon started to
put China on the same footing with
her enemies and that movement has
since grown to considerable magnitude.
One enterorise after another was
launched to modernize the nation, first
in military organization and equipment, then in industry and education.
still later in government and politics;
and recently, even m language, litera
ture, and social ideas, kver since our
defeat in Ihe Opium War, there has
been a tendency, a growing tendency,
to imitate the West.
comes more extensive as the effort to
modernize China becomes more des
perate. Consciously or unconsciously
the success of one of our neighbors
serves as an added stimulus. Imita
tion seems to pay well. I remember
distinctly that over twenty years ago
when I went to middle school in
China, no bov could finish a course in
composition without writing a theme
on this popular topic: "How to Make
China Rich and Strong." No school
orator could win popular applause
saying something as to making China
rich and strong. It is that feature of
the modern stake that we wish to
imitate. Make our country rich and
strong is the cry heard everywhere.
We must do so, if our grievances are
to be redressed. That seems to be
the widespread feeling.
Our problem in China is
to convert a nation, and the greatest
contribution we expect from China js
that she will be the first Christian na
tion in the history of mankind 'Are
we equal to such a stupendous task?
The only hope for us is to build up a
community of Christians who in spite
of their fraility may supplement each
other's lives in their weaknesses, and
tnirether endeavor to reveal, however
feebly and partially, the spirit of the
Foreign missionaries are still need
ed. Both the relicious history, of an
cient China and the nature of the
Christian church in all ages indicate
no need to withdraw missionaries
from China. The
ment has been a crv aeainst missions
only insofar as they were implicated
in China s international treaties and
obligations. Missions with their for
eign support have aroused Suspicion,
only when they are viewed againsi
the historical background of the last
years. Causes for snch
suspicion must be removed, and errors come home to Europe and America, some, perhaps, never to return.
There are those who would find it
difficult to adjust themselves to the
new age and the new spirit in China,
and they would serve the cause better by remaining home.
Will you be ready, when God
through the church in China calls
Dr. Wei is president of Centra'
China Christian University at Wuchang.
TO SEE COOLIDGE
(By New Student Service)
Another editor has "bitten the
dust." Sid Patzer, editor of Columns,
literary and comic magazine of thje
University of Washington, has been
removed from his post on charges of
"gross abuse of the function of his
The cause of the trouble was said
to be an article by Patzer himself
entitled "Manuscript Found in a Spittoon" and sub-title- d
"A Detailed Ac
count of the History of Expectoration Through the Ages." Prof. Karl
E. Leib, chairman of the publications
council, didn't think "pathological
troubles" need be "foisted upon the
student body of Washington and the
general reading public."
Under Patzer's editorship Columns
has become outstanding among the
few excellent college magazines. Just
a year ago the Columns editor who
preceded Patzer wan ousted.
student body had become aroused at
the summary dismissal, and it is
prol.ablf that the case will be reheard, with Patzer granted an opportunity to defend himself.
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