XI
A TRUCE AND A PERFIDY

THE HOSTILITY and intrigue were still continuing when, late in March of 1930, the Times cabled me permission for home leave. I had been away from my family and my country for more than four years, and was eager to go. Moreover I had never been in New York, had never met any of the executives or staff of the New York Times, and I was pretty well tired out.

Those who imagine that a job as a foreign correspondent in an alien land is mostly a series of cocktail parties, official and diplomatic dinners, and an occasional scoop should revise their ideas.

The job in China required hard work and unending vigilance. I had to be on the job seven days a week the year through, Christmas and other holidays included. The Times publishes seven days a week, and my competitors and the great news agencies fed news out in a constant stream. A scoop is a fine thing, but to be scooped is a humiliation.

In China there was the difficulty of the language. I had taken a lesson a day for three years in order to become fairly proficient at conversation. There were the foreign-language newspapers to watch for clues and views. There was a daily mass of news and editorial translations from the Chinese- and Japanese-language newspapers. It was necessary to keep in daily touch with all of the American authorities. The Japanese diplomats and naval and military attaches were increasingly impor

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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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