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During the hostilities, coffins that had been deposited on wasteland off Ichang Road were disinterred in May 1938 by a contractor who was building on part of the ground.
About that same time in 1908, he'd received appalling news from his benefactor, the Arnold Arboretum: The 18,000 lily bulbs he'd shipped from Ichang to Boston had rotted en route.
Born between 1897 and 1900 in Chekiang (Zhejiang); graduated from the Paoting (Baoding) Military Academy and served briefly in the armies of several warlords before joining the Nationalist Party (KMT); worked closely with Chiang Kai-shek to establish political commissars with the KMT armies (1924-1927); served in the command group of Chiang's own I Corps during the latter part of the Northern Expedition (1927-1928); commander of Eighteenth Army (1930), then field commander of the Northern Route Bandit (Communist) Suppression Forces (summer-autumn 1934); governor of Hupeh (Hubei) and commander of the Sixth War Area, he directed the defense of Wuhan against the Japanese invaders (1938), but was blamed for the fall of Ichang (Yichang) the next year (1939); nominated by Gen.