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A reference grammar of the Kanuri language by John P Hutchison; Neil Skinner

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And then one night, he took a huge risk by coming over to tell us about what he had overheard. “Be careful. I have heard them talking; they held a meeting about your case. They intend to confiscate the house. ” Heeding his warning, Dexing assembled what jewelry and other goods she could manage to pack at that time and had servants quietly deliver them to her husband’s cousin who also lived in the French concession for safekeeping. The very next morning, signs were posted everywhere. 48 FOREIGN EXCHANGE In the morning, we never would have believed it could have happened so quickly, but there it was just as chauffeur Ma told us the night before.

26 After a fierce forty-day siege, Wu Peifu’s troops finally capitulated on October 10, 1926. While Wuchang was under siege, another drama was occurring in the Cai family. With his military position becoming untenable, Commander Cai and his family fled the city in large river boats that his family owned. The plan was to reach Shanghai and transfer to a seafaring ship bound for the relative safety of Tianjin. En route to Tianjin, Yuanshuang’s fiancé, Yinbao, fell ill. The family desperately tried to reach a hospital first in Dalian and then in Tianjin, but despite their desperate efforts, Yinbao died in Tianjin from acute appendicitis.

During family gatherings there, acting troupes were invited to perform operas in the family compound to indulge Fengchi’s mother’s passion. On other occasions, musicians, acrobats, or storytellers were retained to provide entertainment. Intricate meals, fruits, and delicacies abounded, and the compound was abuzz with activity. However lively life could be at times, day-to-day experiences in Wuchang were not, despite the considerable comfort the children enjoyed. As a child born into a wealthy, privileged class, Yuanshuang’s childhood chiefly consisted of confinement in the family compound supervised by private tutors and family servants but with little parental attention.

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