6 SEPTEMBER 1913, Page 1

The fall of Nanking, announced in Wednesday's papers, marks the-

suppression of the rebellion- in the Yang-taze provinces.. The prolongation of the -siege after the surrender of the-- Wusung forts on August 13th had encouraged the Southern forces, but the success of General Chang-harm's troops -has been complete.- An entrance- was- forced by the Taiping Gate- on Monday, and though the rebels held their ground for a while, only one thousand out of fifteen thousand were engaged in the last stand. Though the suburbs have suffered from the bombardment, little- damage has been done in the city, and the railway remains intact. - The effect of this success, which, if followed up, ought to end the Southern movement and restore order in Middle China, has greatly strengthened the central Government and the prestige of Yuan Shih-kai. The papers of Friday suggest that there is a good deal of friction between the Japanese and Chinese, which may grow- worse._ At Nanking Japanese have been fired on and the Japanese flag has been disregarded; but as Nanking has been given over to looting it is impossible to regard whatever mayihave happened as having the value of formal or deliberate acts.