Sunday, 2 September 2012

Mukden Daily News

Lowry refers to a newspaper called the Mukden Daily News in his novel Ultramarine: "Andy threw down an old copy of the Mukden Daily News; the native tore it into strips, set fire to them, swallowing them one by one, and produced the newspapers whole again, and folded, from his right ear." (Pg. 76).

Though Mukden (Shenyang) is in Manchuria, there is no evidence to date that the news paper existed. Lowry may be referring to the The Manchuria Daily News despite its name was issued twice a month published at least from the early 1920's and perhaps earlier. In 1931 it was acquired by a subsidiary of the South Manchurian Railway and was liquidated in 1945 at the end of the war. Some publications were printed in Dairen.

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