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Chinese Characters: 1925

Chinese Characters: 1925

Mah Jong Game Fantasy

Colorful Chinese Legend Enacted
With Society Girls as Human Tiles.

Feb. 6, 1925. "Three Washington society buds in spectacle. The misses Beatrice McLean (left), debutante daughter of Capt. and Mrs. Ridley McLean; Helen Thompson; and Eugenie LeJeune, daughter of General and Mrs. John A. LeJeune; all members of the 'Group of the Winds' who will take part in the human 'Game of Mah Jongg, The Great Dramatic Spectacle,' to be presented for the first time in the Washington Auditorium under the auspices of the Belleau Wood Memorial Association." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Re: OK, Now translate

Two of the four Wind tiles - West (xī) and East (dōng)

OK, Now Translate

Those Chinese characters: What do they mean.

Two out of three

At least two of these maidens are daughters of eminent officers of the Naval Department.

Ridley McLean, who retired a rear admiral, wrote the "Bluejacket's Manual," an oft-republished guide for young sailors new to the service.

Gen. Lejeune -- the original "Ragin' Cajun -- served two terms as Commandant of the Marine Corps, had commanded the Army's 2nd Division at Belleau Wood during World War I (it had a Marine brigade assigned), and is commemorated in the naming of a major Marine training post.

By the way, I assume that "buds" is used to denote a young flower rather than carrying its current meaning as "homie" or "brah."

John A LeJeune

I guess Eugenie was the "Marine's Marine" daughter ... if so, I believe Camp Lejeune was named after her dad.

The Canes

I suppose are for using against anyone who makes a wrong move.


I'm sure these three were good citizens, but they look like villains from the Batman TV show.


Helen Thompson, or perhaps not to be mentioned in polite society?

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