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Yuan recaptured Hankow at the end of October with accompanying massacre of all who had cut off their queues or otherwise come out in support of the rebellion.

The protest spread overnight to Shanghai, Nanking, Hankow and Canton, with shops closing everywhere as students swept through the streets calling for the boycott.

It began in July 1926 with the three great cities of the Yangtze valley, Hankow, Nanking and Shanghai, as the objective of the first stage.

January 1, 1927, the Nationalist Government had moved up to Hankow where the left wing gained control.

While Chiang concentrated on his drive toward Nanking, former southern capital, and Shanghai, the locus of money power, Hankow seethed in the ardent atmosphere of international revolt.

Even as he wrote mobs spurred on by radical agitators overran and looted the British Concessions at Hankow and at Kiukang farther down the river.

Britain evacuated her nationals rather than make an issue of Hankow and decided to concentrate reinforcements at Shanghai.

In their first yielding of territory since the Opium Wars, the British negotiated with Eugene Chen the relinquishment of the Hankow and Kiukang Concessions while diehards thundered red-faced in their clubs and the Empire quivered.

The difficulty was that no one was sure, then or since, where to place responsibility: on the local commander, known to be feuding with Chiang Kai-shek, or on the Nationalist command or on the Communists and radicals of Hankow who presumably provoked the attacks in order to embroil Chiang Kai-shek with the foreigners.

The Hankow government, with Borodin and Bolshevik influence dominant, appeared to be in control.

Chiang was determined that the great metropolis of commerce, banking and foreign trade must not fall like Hankow under left-wing control.

To make junction with this force was the essential goal of the Kuomintang, but whether Feng would opt for the Communist-left coalition at Hankow or for Chiang Kai-shek was as yet uncertain.

While Hankow and Chiang Kai-shek were both negotiating for his alliance, Feng as a result of various defaults by the northerners, captured Chengchow, causing the northern army in the area to retreat behind the Yellow River, which in turn uncovered Hsuchow.

Fourth Army of General Chang Fa-kwei, resumed independence and went back home to Kwangtung, the regime in ruined and terror-stricken Hankow disintegrated and the united front of the revolution came to an end.

A stout middle-class man of forty-eight with a large, plump face, thinning hair and a rather Germanic if good-natured appearance, he had begun his career in China as a language student in 1907, and had served as Consul in cities from Hankow to Chungking.