New York: Dodd Mead, 1914. First American Edition. 8vo. 416 pp. Original blue-grey cloth with gilt lettering. Wear to extremities; some soiling and fading to boards; a good copy. Item #19244
In this title, the author portrays society in China and carefully describes the conditions which led to the outbreak of the Chinese Revolution in 1911. Putnam Weale is the pseudonym for Bertram Lenox Simpson (1877–1930), a British author in China during the Boxer Rebellion and during the siege of the legations. After this, he became Brigade Interpreter for the British Expeditionary Force (he spoke 5 languages). One historian calls him "the consummate treaty port jobbing hack, writing commentaries, begging for newspaper work, penning novels... and serving as Daily Telegraph correspondent in Beijing from 1911 to 1914." In this novel, the reader finds the earliest reference as yet located to the apocryphal sign in Shanghai's Huangpu Park, "No Dogs or Chinese."... By 1930 Simpson had become thoroughly embroiled in Chinese internal politics and thus took control of customs in Tianjin on behalf of Yan Xishan. He was killed in what some believed to have been an assassination. This was difficult to conclusively prove, because the killers were never caught or identified. - wiki.