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The Falkenberg Comedy

Jeff Mielke

in Homer Lea

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780813126166
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135632 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813126166.003.0007
The Falkenberg Comedy

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Homer Lea's belief in his careful maneuvering and triumph with his reform career made way for further unhindered expansion. Richard Falkenberg challenged him for control of the army. As a result, Lea and O'Banion were confounded by reports which meant that they had no way of knowing how much truth there was in Richard Falkenbers's alleged doubtful military practices. Falkenberg's army began taking form through its involvement in the Chinese Imperial Reform Army (CIRA) in early 1904 after Governor Pardee denied him commission in the California National Guard. Falkenberg also appeared at the San Francisco headquarters of the CIA where he announced that he was the commander-in-chief of the reform army. Meanwhile, in an effort to continue his reforms, Lea played a major role in orchestrating K'ang Yu-wei's reception, just as he had done with Liang Ch'i-ch'ao.

Keywords: Richard Falkenberg; O'Banion; Chinese Imperial Reform Army; CIRA; San Francisco; K'ang Yu-wei

Chapter.  7302 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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