I have heard it rumored that it is a special mission entirely concerned with the renewal of the treaty between England and Japan.
Haven't I told you of the sudden cessation of the war alarm in Japan, when once she was assured, by means which she could not mistrust, that it was not the intention of the American nation to make war upon her?
I want to know how Japan became assured that America had no intention of going to war with her.
Having decisively thrashed the great Russian Empire, Japan promptly set about dreaming a colossal dream of empire for herself.
Needless to say, Japan was prepared to furnish that management.
But best of all, from the standpoint of Japan, the Chinese was a kindred race.
And so Japan took upon herself the management of China.
Several years ago I read such a lot in the papers about the wonderful things you did in Japan
, and how the Emperor decorated you.
The struggle with Japan
and the rest of Asia for India was merely delayed.
We may expect to meet Death Larsen on the Japan
We all have an idea," Kinsley replied grimly; "India for Russia; a large slice of China for Japan
, with probably Australia thrown in; Alsace-Lorraine for France's neutrality.
Providence, I say, began here to clear up our way a little; and the first thing that offered was, that our old Portuguese pilot brought a Japan merchant to us, who inquired what goods we had: and, in the first place, he bought all our opium, and gave us a very good price for it, paying us in gold by weight, some in small pieces of their own coin, and some in small wedges, of about ten or twelves ounces each.
But to bring this long turn of our affairs to a conclusion; the first thing we had to do was to consult with the captain of the ship, and with his men, and know if they were willing to go to Japan.
The Japan merchant proved a very punctual, honest man to him: protected him at Japan, and got him a licence to come on shore, which the Europeans in general have not lately obtained.
Having resolved upon this, we agreed that if our Portuguese pilot would go with us, we would bear his charges to Moscow, or to England, if he pleased; nor, indeed, were we to be esteemed over- generous in that either, if we had not rewarded him further, the service he had done us being really worth more than that; for he had not only been a pilot to us at sea, but he had been like a broker for us on shore; and his procuring for us a Japan merchant was some hundreds of pounds in our pockets.