VII
SUMMER, 1936

THE SUMMER of 1936 found China practically on the verge of disintegration, and it became clear that unless hatred of Japan could be utilized as a unifying force, China would gradually be overrun by the Japanese unless the United States or a coalition of the Western Powers should interfere, more for their own protection and to prevent Japan from becoming too powerful than because of any development of international philanthropy.

I had reported to the Times that a situation of great gravity was developing, that we would probably have to enlarge the group of sub-correspondents working under the Shanghai office, and had issued a warning that expenses connected with the proper handling of Far Eastern news would probably double or even treble within the next year.

At that time cable charges alone on news from China were already exceeding $100,000 a year, in addition to which there were steadily mounting outlays to cover my own salary, that of my assistant in Shanghai, full-time sub-correspondents in Nanking, Peiping, and Manchuria, and part-time men in Han kow, Canton, Hongkong, and Dairen. There were also very large annual telegraph and cable tolls between the Shanghai office and the various sub-correspondents, as well as office rents, and other expenses for Shanghai and the different bureaus working under Shanghai's direction, pay for their translators and news services, and my own traveling expenses.

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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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