Excerpt from Willard Straight in the Orient: With Illustrations From His Sketch-Books One who had never been in the East could hardly have presumed to attempt this chronicle had it t been for the letters and diaries of Willard Straight and the generous help of men and women who were with him in China and Korea and Manchuria. These documents and the recollections of these friends are responsible, as the reader will promptly discover from the abundant quotations, for whatever of oriental atmosphere has been imparted to the narrative. The book is a work t so much of authorship as of selection and arrangement. My own acquaintance with Willard Straight began about a year before the entrance of America into the world war, when I was associated with him in one of the citizens movements for preparedness. All who came in close contact with him cherished for him both admiration and affection, and I was like the rest. Such an attachment naturally carried with it a lively interest in his career - a career which was kwn to have been charged with romance but which, one felt certain, held far more of the picturesque and exciting, of large vision, high idealism and tireless energy behind them, than had ever yet been told. So, when there fell to me the opportunity to go deep into the records of this stirring life, I greeted that opportunity as a rare privilege. Letters, diaries and memoranda yielded detailed accounts of Straight's intercourse with all manner of men, high and low - mandarins, rickshaw coolies, admirals and generals, Buddhist priests, artists and newspaper correspondents, princes, cabinet ministers, diplomats, explorers, missionaries, engineers, railroad magnates, financiers. Old friends of his told me of talks they had had and trips they had made with him; of his negotiations with subtle Chinese officials and, sometimes, perhaps, still more subtle Europeans; of his tireless energy, his hopefulness and buoyancy, and his consideration for the humble and unfortunate. Of all this volume of reminiscence the sketch that follows is only a skimming. For their aid to me in the preparation of the memoir I am particularly grateful to Mrs. Straight, Maurice Casenave, J. O. P. Bland, E. T. Willianls, Robert H. Patchin, E. Carleton Baker, Louis D. Froelick, R. M. Collins Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Spinney, Mr. and Mrs. T. J. N. Gattrell and Lewis Palem. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.