Interesting. However, even the most definitive biographies of TR -- to
include obscure scholarly studies focusing on the Russo-Japanese War have no
mention of this. I would like to know more regarding TR's personal
intervention, if in fact, it occurred. Sounds suspicious.
Nevertheless, certainly, TR had precedent for intervening in such cases, ie:
the Morrocan affair (Rasuli --- spelling?) in cases where American
citizens were in jeopardy (which also was proven to be questionable....)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Edward J. Renehan Jr." <erenehan@...>
Sent: Saturday, July 09, 2005 6:42 PM
Subject: Re: [tr-m] Jack London and TR
> See the most definitive Jack London bio to date, JACK:
> A BIOGRAPHY OF JACK LONDON by Andrew Sinclair (Harper
> & Row, 1977). p. 137.
> The year is 1904. The place, Korea. Jack is a
> correspondent for the Hewarst syndicate:
> " ... Jack continually provoked the Japanese
> commanders, as if he were still a Road Kid playing
> games with the railroad bulls. In the worst of several
> incidents in Korea, he knocked down an impudent and
> thieving groom. The oversensitive Japanese authorities
> threatened him with a court-martial. Only another
> intervention by Richard Harding Davis, who arranged a
> protest from Theodore Roosevelt himself, rplaced the
> court-martial trial with an expulsion order from
> Korea. Jack was only too willing to oblige. Disguisted
> at seeing no action except for a long-distance view of
> the easy Japanese victory at the crossing of the Yalu
> River, he returned to San Francisco in early July."
> - EJR
> --- Greg Wynn <gregwynn@...> wrote:
>> Mr. Summer:
>> Very interesting. I belive that this fictional.
>> But, would be curious
>> to hear what others think.
>> What I do know is that, in fact, while TR had
>> postive, meaningful
>> correspondence with many literary masters of the
>> period to include Kipling,
>> Brander Matthews, Edith Wharton, Edward Arlington
>> Robinson etc....
>> He was absolutely not a fan of Jack London. In
>> fact, he considered him
>> to be one of the "animal romantics" and involved him
>> in the "Nature Faker"
>> At one point, in 1908, TR professed to stop
>> reading London completely.
>> (Also likely due to London's politics....)
>> All best,
>> Greg Wynn
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "E. Summer" <dinosaur@...>
>> To: "TR Group Moderated" <email@example.com>
>> Sent: Saturday, July 09, 2005 2:33 PM
>> Subject: [tr-m] Jack London and TR
>> > Last evening I re-watched "Jack London," a 1943
>> film, that seems to exist
>> > as exercise in anti-Japanese propaganda more than
>> it does as a biography.
>> > Nonetheless it holds some interest for TR watchers
>> and London fans and is
>> > available for only $4.99.
>> > In the story, TR is shown as directly responsible
>> for London's release
>> > from
>> > imprisonment by the Japanese in Korea during what
>> appears to be a highly
>> > fictionalized Russo-Japanese war.
>> > I'm wondering if anyone can comment briefly on
>> what, if anything, really
>> > occurred that involved TR?
>> > It's reassuring to see a small reawakening of this
>> list and my regards to
>> > fellow hangers on.
>> > Edward Summer
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