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Topic: Cold Front Passing Hokkai
Good news - the power is back on in Houston and Miranda is okay. Happy is the mood.
We'll get back to Big-eared Tu, but before we go further we have to talk about Charlie Soong. Without Charlie Soong the history of 20th century China would be different and COLD FRONT PASSING HOKKAIDO would never have been written.
In 1876, a 12-year-old boy named Han Chiao-shun from Hainan Island in South China embarked with his uncle for America. What happened to the boy in the next 10 years before his return to China is layed out in captivating detail by Sterling Seagrave in his masterful work. THE SOONG DYNASTY. In that work we learn how the boy came to be known as Charlie Soong, how he became a born-again Christian and the first "Celestial" to be baptized in Wilmington, North Carolina, and how Charlie came under the patronage of Julian Carr, a private in the Confederate army who was later given the honorary title Colonel because of his great wealth acquired from tobacco and textiles, and his generosity in providing money for schooling of the children of Confederate Widows.