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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 17, 1912, Image 8

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cently. v Beside ,&e Invalid's chair
walked awothan,- his wife, minis1
t'erfng tenderly to the hunched up
man, -while on either side were
sphinx-faced Chinaman who
neither smiled nor spoke, China
men who guarded the wheel
chair from the stream of visitors
and the man in it from -the gaze
of the curious.
The figure in rthe wheel chair
was the man who had made a re
public dut of China. He is an
American 36 yeareold, but it was
his brain- which started the ma
chinery of the recent revolution
and made a republic out of oner of
the' world's ancient kingdoms.
His name is' General Homer
Lea.
A few vears aeo a Los Angeles
60"" boy went to Stanford university
bz from the hierh school. He was a
n'; hunchback, crippled, in body; but
$I of wonderful "brain. A year later
- he became associated with the lit
ni tie band of men who were even
m then dreaming - of a new China,
not one dominated by the Man-
chus, but a China modeled after
"'V the United States.
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There were meetings and
T strange feasts in the heart of San
" FranCisco's Chinatown, Lea, was
ah honored guest. He left school
and disappeared. A year later
an American traveling far in the
w interior of China found the ex-
k Stanford student drilling and
s -training a regiment of Chinese.
He developed a military gen-
b"ius which startled the world
d through his bpok "The Valor of
: Ismorance." ' While in China,
' Lea, in 1909, undertook .the re-J
lief of "'the Eriipefof Kwarik "Hsuy
but reached Pekin loo late and
had to flee.
The strain of operating the in
ternational chess board, while
others furnished the brawn,'
broke him physically. "He has a
fighting chance 'for life," is what ,
the doctors have told him
Sd this little man, the hunch
back with the wonderful brain,
who engineered the China revo
lution, and was the right Hand
man of Dr. Sun Yat Sen, when
the latter had a price on his head, .
is going home to fight the hard
est battle of his life.
What Did It Mean?
"Your speech sounded good,"
said the constituent, "but I can't
help thinking that some of it
didn't mean anything in particu
lar." ' .
"You all cheered it, though"
said the orator.'
"Yes."
"Then we're even. I don't think
any of you know exactly what the- -
word hooray means. r
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Under Suspicion.
"I am afraid that man we sent
to Congress is losin' his sym
pathy with the plain-people," said
tne backwoods constituent.
"What has he been doin'?"
"Tuckin" his nankin under his
chin an' usin' a knife instid o'
pickin' his pie up with his hands."
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Go to the ant. vou sluererard.
when you're busted and down and
out. But I will visit my uncle, for
I know: what I'm about.

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