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Banzai! by Parabellum   By: (1871-1935)

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BANZAI!

[Illustration: "That's the Japanese Satsuma , Togo's Satsuma !"]

BANZAI!

BY

PARABELLUM

LEIPZIG THEODOR WEICHER, PUBLISHER

NEW YORK THE BAKER & TAYLOR CO., SALES AGENTS 33 EAST 17TH STREET (UNION SQUARE)

COPYRIGHT, 1908, BY THEODOR WEICHER

COPYRIGHT, 1908, BY THE BAKER & TAYLOR CO. All rights reserved

ENTERED AT STATIONERS' HALL, LONDON

Published, January, 1909

THE TROW PRESS, NEW YORK

CONTENTS

PAGE

FOREWORD vii

INTRODUCTION ix

CHAPTER I. IN MANILA 1

II. ON THE HIGH SEAS 34

III. HOW IT BEGAN 49

IV. ECHOES IN NEW YORK 61

V. FATHER AND SON 69

VI. A NIGHT IN NEW YORK 77

VII. THE RED SUN OVER THE GOLDEN GATE 96

VIII. IN THE BOWELS OF THE EARTH 105

IX. A FORTY EIGHT HOUR BALANCE 121

X. ADMIRAL PERRY'S FATE 142

XI. CAPTAIN WINSTANLEY 171

XII. ARE YOU WINSTANLEY? 185

XIII. THE REVENGE FOR PORTSMOUTH 192

XIV. ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WHIRLPOOL 206

XV. A RAY OF LIGHT 211

XVI. THROUGH FIRE AND SMOKE 217

XVII. WHAT HAPPENED AT CORPUS CHRISTI 228

XVIII. THE BATTLE OF THE BLUE MOUNTAINS 243

XIX. THE ASSAULT ON HILGARD 272

XX. A FRIEND IN NEED 286

XXI. DARK SHADOWS 295

XXII. REMEMBER HILGARD 306

XXIII. IN THE WHITE HOUSE 312

FOREWORD

Every American familiar with the modern international political horizon must have experienced a feeling of solid satisfaction at the news that a formidable American fleet was to be dispatched to the waters of the Pacific, and the cruise of our warships has been followed with intense interest by every loyal citizen of our Republic. The reasons that rendered the long and dramatic voyage of our fleet most opportune are identical with the motives that actuated the publication of this translation from the German of a work which exhibits a remarkable grasp of facts coupled with a marvelously vivid power of description. It is no secret that our ships were sent to the Pacific to minimize the danger of a conflict with our great commercial rival in the Far East, if not to avert it altogether, and Banzai ! it seems to me, should perform a similar mission. The graphic recital, I take it, is not intended to incite a feeling of animosity between two nations which have every reason to maintain friendly relations, but rather to call the attention of the American people to the present woeful lack of preparedness, and at the same time to assist in developing a spirit of sound patriotism that prefers silent action to blatant braggadocio. That the Pacific Ocean may become, in truth, the Peaceful Ocean, and never resound to the clash of American arms, is the devout wish of one who believes implicitly with Moltke in the old proverb, Si vis pacem, para bellum If you wish for Peace, prepare for War.

P.

INTRODUCTION

As usual, it had begun quite harmlessly and inconspicuously. It is not my business to tell how it all came to pass, how the way was prepared. That may be left to the spinners of yarns and to those on the trail of the sources of history. I shall leave it to them to ascertain when the idea that there must be a conflict, and that the fruit must be plucked before it had time to ripen, first took root in the minds of the Japanese people.

We Americans realize now that we had been living for years like one who has a presentiment that something dreadful is hanging over him which will suddenly descend upon his head, and who carries this feeling of dread about with him with an uneasy conscience, trying to drown it in the tumult and restlessness of daily life... Continue reading book >>




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