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The New York Times May 13, 1913, Page 3


Resentment at British Opium Traffic --- Feeling of Gratitude Toward America


Gen. Chang, President Of Opium
Prohibition Commission, In Eng-
land on Educational Mission.
By Marconi Transatlantic Wireless Telegraph to The New York Times.

LONDON, Tuesday, May, May 13--- Gen. Chang, President of the Chinese National Opium Prohibition Commission has arrived in England. He is delegated to place before the British people the plain facts of the opium suppression movement and to appeal, on behalf of the men of all parties and provinces in China, for a complete release from the obligations imposed by existing treaties in respect to the Indian traffic.

Gen. Chang, discussing the British policy in an interview in The Daily News, referred to the effect of the opium traffic on Anglo-Chinese commercial relations, saying:

"Now that the Chinese people generally have realized the evil that opium is doing to the country, they find it hard to forgive England for insisting on its importation. The poorer people are learning to read and many of the new vernacular newspapers are very bitter.

"It would be going too far to say that there is a definite boycott against British goods, but certainly the tendency is not to buy them when something else will do, as well.

"From many points of view British influence in China is decreasing, solely on account of the resentment against the opium traffic. As long as your Shanghai stocks keep coming in these strained relations will, I am afraid, continue.

"How far this tendency has penetrated you will see from an amusing conversation I had recently with one of my servants. He had been sent to buy some kerosene oil, and came back with an unusual brand. Questioned why he had chosen this, he explained that one kind had a trade mark which he thought British and the other was American.

"You see," the General concluded, "America gave us back her share of the Boxer indemnity, and she has given us recognition. Great Britain has given us opium. Can you wonder that America gains in our developing markets what Great britain loses?"