XI
TERROR AND DEATH

AUGUST 23rd was clear and hot. Late in the morning Anthony Billingham, then my Shanghai assistant, and I started out to replenish our all but exhausted wardrobes. We had both lost trunks filled with summer wask clothes during the preceding fortnight and the rest of our clothes were inaccessible because of Japanese restrictions against going into the northern portion of the International Settlement.

For some reason, Li, my chauffeur, was not with me that morning, and Billingham was driving the car which I had rented for the duration of the local hostilities. My own new car I had stored in the French Concession because I did not want to have it damaged by shrapnel or flying bomb fragments.

During the cruise around the stores we not only bought clothes but also priced field glasses at various places, and the best we had seen were in the optical department on the second floor of Wing On's, Shanghai's largest department store.

A few minutes before one o'clock, our shopping completed, we were driving down Nanking Road when my assistant suggested that we go into Wing On's and order those field glasses sent to the hotel C.O.D. I agreed, and he turned the car sharp to the right and parked in a narrow side street just off Nanking Road and immediately under the west wall of the towering department store.

I stayed in the car while Billingham went into the store to order the field glasses sent. I had just settled back comfort-

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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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