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Lea, Homer (1876–1912)


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(1876–1912), born in Colorado, educated in California, early decided on a military career even though he was a hunchback. In 1899 he went to China and took part in the relief of Peking during the Boxer Uprising. His strategy so impressed the Chinese that he became a general and a leader in the revolution under Sun Yat-sen. His writings include The Valor of Ignorance (1909), warning the U.S. against a coming Japanese attack, and The Day of the Saxon (1912), a comparable notice to the British of Oriental threats to the empire.

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