XII
JAPAN'S WORST "BAD BOY"

NANKING was about to be captured by the Japanese in December, 1937, but even before formal occupancy of China's capital had been concluded by the invaders there were behind-the-scenes apprehensions that the U.S.S. Panay, a small flatbottomed river craft of about 800 tons, had been sunk late on the 12th.

I learned that the American Consulate-General and the Augusta, Admiral Yarnell's flagship, had been unable to establish radio communication with the Panay since the early afternoon of December 12th, when the little gunboat, loaded with American and other refugees from Nanking, had been steaming upriver in the vicinity of Hohsien, about twenty-five miles above the beleaguered capital. Such information as I could secure was given to me in confidence, and I was unable to cable anything about official apprehensions.

Then, about ten o'clock on the morning of December 13th, the day that Nanking fell, Rear Admiral T. Honda, the Naval Attaché of the Japanese Embassy, called upon me in what seemed breathless haste. Would I go with him, he begged, to the Japanese flagship, the Idzumo? He said that Vice-Admiral K. Hasegawa, then commander of Japan's Third Fleet, wanted to see me on a matter of really grave importance.

We drove down the Bund in Honda's car, crossed the Garden Bridge over Soochow Creek, and alighted in front of the wellguarded Japanese Consulate-General, where the Idzumo was

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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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