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CHUNGKING: "A Graveyard

Chungking is a graveyard and the most expensive town to live in in the world, reports the. Rev. Mark Tcnnien, Maryknoll war-time procurator at China's temporary capital.

" Oiungking is a graveyard with streets cleared where people walk," he writes. " Piles of rubble are the gravestones and patches of standing brick wall mark it as a ghost city. The Bishop's four churches are all flat; all that remains is part of his episcopal compound and the chapel. It is here that I am staying for the present. Not one building on this side of the river is undamaged. People exist in half houses that are left. One of the Bishop's schools—a girls' hoarding school — still has about one-third standing.

" This is perhaps the most expensive living town in the world. A can of milk has sold for .£12."

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