VII
PLOT AND COUNTERPLOT

GENERAL MIURA had a guilty conscience when he ordered his ruffians to raid my apartment, steal my unfinished book, and demand copies of "the telegrams you have been sending attacking General Miura."

The thing that was troubling the corrupt General Miura (who is not related to the Consul-General of the same name), was the fact that he knew I had detailed knowledge of his secret plans for assassination, rioting, and seizing the International Settlement by force -- plans which miscarried on July 7th because of the vigilance of the American Marines.

The events of July 7th, 1940, in Shanghai contained a more serious threat of war between Japan and the United States than anything that had occurred in China since the bombing and sinking of the U.S.S. Panay in December, 1937, and at that time to have cabled all the facts would have been like tossing a lighted cigarette into a powder magazine.

That July 7th was the third anniversary of the outbreak of "the China Incident" at Marco Polo Bridge. On the 6th the authorities of the International Settlement and of the French Concession began taking emergency precautions against anti Japanese outbreaks, and at the same time in those portions of Shanghai occupied by Japanese troops martial law was being enforced with special severity.

All leave was canceled for the foreign garrisons, and the American Marines, Seaforth Highlanders, East Surreys, and

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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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