IV
SUMMER OF DISCONTENT

THE NEXT ten weeks in Shanghai were pretty awful. The heat was worse than that of Canton, even though Shanghai is eight hundred miles north of the South China metropolis, and the humidity was just as bad. The morning after I landed I experienced one of the worst frights of my life.

Never will I forget that hot, airless little bathroom adjoining my bedroom at the American Club. Even today I could sketch the shape of the mirror and the light brackets, blindfolded.

I'd wakened late, gone into the bathroom, brushed my teeth, and then taken a large swallow of water and mouth wash to gargle away the aftertaste of too many cigarettes the night before. When I tilted my head forward to rinse my teeth, to my amazement I could not retain the fluid in my mouth -- it simply ran down my chin and over the front of my pyjama coat.

I leaned closer to the mirror and started to brush unexplained tears from my left eye. I got a shock when my finger went right into my eye -- the lid would not close. When I pulled the lid down between thumb and forefinger, it would not raise unless I pushed it up. And by experimenting, in a panic, I found that the left corner of my mouth was devoid of muscular control.

It was ten o'clock before I could locate the office of an Amer-

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Book I. China Awakes 3
  • Book I. China Awakes 3
  • II - Imperialist Outpost 10
  • III - Chungking's Origins 16
  • IV - Summer of Discontent 35
  • V - Peking, Old Style 43
  • VI - A Plum Lands in My Lap 55
  • VII - Martial Interlude 66
  • VIII - Off to the Wars 73
  • IX - The Life That Was 89
  • X - Officially an Outcast 102
  • XI - A Truce and a Perfidy 120
  • XII - Intolerance and Deception 138
  • Book Ii. Japan Marches 147
  • Book Ii. Japan Marches 147
  • II - Pattern for Conquest 161
  • III - Dirty Yen and Itching Palms 174
  • IV - Thirty-Five Thousand Die 186
  • V - The Years Between 194
  • VI - Trying Conspiracy First 212
  • VII - Summer, 1936 217
  • VIII - Betrayal and Triumph 226
  • IX - Trouble with Moscow 236
  • X - Chiang Kai-Shek Listened 242
  • XI - Terror and Death 257
  • XII - Japan's Worst "Bad Boy" 268
  • XIII - The Heavy Hand of Power 286
  • XIV - Ominous Interlude 294
  • Book Iii. the World at War 301
  • Book Iii. the World at War 301
  • II - Faint Hope for Peace 311
  • III - Another Feeler 320
  • IV - The Nipps Get Nasty 324
  • V - Confusion in High Places 332
  • VI - Terrorism 336
  • VII - Plot and Counterplot 348
  • VIII - Disillusion and Dismay 354
  • IX - China for the Chinese 363
  • X - Europe Will Be Easy, by Comparison 375
  • Epilogue 383
  • Index 391
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