The Chinese famine benefit entertainment, given in the Living Room of the Union last evening by the Chinese students in the University, proved interesting and amusing throughout. $146.05 was received in the boxes placed outside the doors for voluntary contribution. Boxes will be placed in Leavitt & Peirce's and in Memorial and Randall Hall, in which additional contributions may be placed, or subscriptions will be received and acknowledged by D. J. Knowlton '08, 15 Holyoke street.
Dr. C.D. Tenney of Cambridge, who has lived in China about 20 years, opened the entertainment with a short statement of the existing conditions in China. He said there were about 4,000,000 people, occupying an area of about 40,000 square miles, who were at present living on the bark of trees and on roots cooked in water.
Rev. E.G. Tewkesbury '87, who has been in China over 14 years, and is now a teacher in North China College, showed some very interesting views of the Chinese country, explaining the cause of the present famine. The population in the oppressed district is densely crowded, and wholly dependant upon the soil for its sustenance. As the spring harvest of rice has failed, the people are thrown as a dead weight upon the country, to be supported by others, or left to die.
The original Chinese play, written by T.C. Ma '09, was very well done. The second act, in which the dialogue was in English, was very clever, and many bright remarks were passed. The game which followed, in which four men tried to keep a shuttlecock from striking the ground, by kicking it into the air with their feet, was highly amusing. The music, both vocal and instrumental, was of a truly oriental character.
The entertainment was closed with a strong talk by P.H. Lo '09, in which he told, in excellent phrasing, the great and pressing needs for money in China at the present time.