After receiving new eyewitness atrocity accounts, The North-China Daily News published an editorial under the title "A Great Change" on 21 January 1938. The editorial indicates that, on 25 December 1937, when the newspaper referred to the scenes of horror perpetrated in Nanjing by the Japanese forces, it hoped that order would be restored shortly and that the sufferings of the civilian population would soon be brought to an end.
To the astonishment of most people it is now learned that these outrages have been continued, and that ever since the occupation of Nanking until within the last few days, ABDUCTION of women, RAPE and looting have been carried on with an industry which would have done justice to a more praise-worthy cause. Chinese have been stabbed with bayonets, or reckless shot. It is estimated that more than 10,000 people have been killed, some not even guilty of the trivial offence of having the hardihood to fight for their country. How many women have been RAPED it is impossible to ascertain but the estimates vary from as low as 8,000 to as high as 20,000. Girls of as tender an age as eleven years, women as old as fifty-three have been the forced victims of military lust. Refugees have been robbed of their scanty supply of money, their clothing, bedding and food, and all this was still going on as late as less than a week ago. In the initial stages insufficiency of military police rendered control of the disorderly soldiery impossible. More of such police have been appointed, but as late as a week ago, Japanese soldiers were still breaking into houses day and night, indulging in RAPE and ABDUCTION.
They Were in Nanjing -- The Nanjing Massacre Witnessed by American and British Nationals
Author: Professor Mr Suping Lu
Publisher: HONG KONG UNIVERSITY PRESS
atrocity: [ C usually plural ] an extremely cruel, violent, or shocking act
perpetrate 犯 (罪)；施 (暴)；做 (壞事)
bring sth to an end: to make something finish
outrages 暴行；(道義上) 難以接受的事情；駭人聽聞的行為
stab (用刀等銳器) 戳，捅，刺
bayonet (槍上的) 刺刀
bedding 被褥；(家畜的) 墊草
day and night 日夜，一直
indulge 沉溺於；(尤指) 放縱於
witnessed by ... (被) ... 目擊，看到 (尤指事故或犯罪)
Nationals (某國的) 國民，公民