VI
TERRORISM

MY IMPORTANT scoop revealing Japan's intention to conclude a military alliance with the European Axis powers brought about a crisis in my personal position in Shanghai, which even as early as the night of July 19th had resulted in my suffering physical violence at the hands of two armed Japanese who also stole from me many important papers.

That summer of 1940 I had been working very hard to complete a book dealing with the life of Frederick Townsend Ward which, under contract, I was bound to deliver to a New York publisher in September.

The Japanese knew that I had a new book nearly completed because for several months, even before the first 50,000 words had been completed, I had been seeking to obtain from them a pass so that I could send a photographer to the nearby little city of Sungkiang which had been Ward's headquarters, and where his grave was located in the courtyard of an old temple which the Imperial government of China had erected in his honor when they made him one of the nation's Gods of War.

Evidently the Japanese decided that, since I was writing a book, it must necessarily be a work of anti-Japanese character. Actually the work did not deal with contemporary affairs, for General Ward had been killed in battle nearly eighty years before.

The night of July 19th was doubtless chosen for the assault

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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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