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Charlie was beside himself with anger and frustration - Ching-ling was ready to throw her 21-year-old self into the arms of a man who he had considered for more than 20 years, before Ching-ling was born, to be his best friend. He literally kidnapped his own daughter, whisked her from Japan back to Shanghai and locked her in a upstairs room. The Soongs then announced the formal engagement of Ching-ling to a young man of good family. No use, Charlie, with the help of her Amah, Ching-ling climbed down a ladder, jumped on a steamer bound for Kobe, Japan, and married the already married Dr.Sun before Charlie could get there to stop it. Woe is Charlie.
1917 - May-ling returned to Shanghai after graduating from Wellesley with a major in English Literature. She entered easily into the active Shanghai social life and pressed her father to buy a larger house with a modern bathroom. Less than a year of her return, her father, Charlie Soong, died. He was 52. It was announced that he died of stomach cancer although there was no evidence of a protracted illness.
Charlies' children were well prepared to get on with their lives.