‘Billy’ Donald was mortified when his unguarded views about his friend and mentor appeared in The Bulletin. He held Morrison in respect bordering on awe and was appalled that his comments in a private letter to an Australian editor had found their way into print. He wrote to Morrison immediately, offering abject apologies, and Morrison—who had been outraged by the indiscretion—accepted them and soon welcomed him back into the intimate circle. In truth, Donald had reported his friend’s situation accurately. Morrison’s main concern, as he told his Chinese confidant Tsai Ting-kan, was the effect the item would have on his reputation at home.
However, the matter was quickly forgotten and they resumed their close association as the rumblings of an approaching war in Europe reached the small foreign