JAPAN AND HER SECRET ARMY
EVIDENCE OF ORGANIZED BODYSan Francisco, March 19.--In case of war with Japan, 100,000 Japs in the Pacific coast states are ready to fight for the mikado at the drop of the hat.
This is almost twice the numercial strength of the enlisted personnel of the United States army.
Almont every man of them is trained in military tactics. Most or them are veterans of the Chinese and Russian wars.
Fearless, alert, industrious as so many ants, they would comprise a formidable force to aggravate the situation on the slope, pending the arrival of the mikado's ships to batter the coast cities.
Has the mikado been carrying on for years a cleverly planned systematic invation of tho Pacific coast? It would certainly seem so. Japs have slipped in by the score heretofore; now they are coming by thousands.
Moreover there are 25,000 in British Columbia, 20,000 in Mexico. These could all be depended upon by the mikado.
During the exciting days following the recent anti-Japanese riots in Vancouver, it developed that the Japs had perfected a military organization. It is claimed that such a condition exists wherever any number of Japs congregate.
The night following the first big Vancouver riot two white men became involved in a quarrel near the Jap quarter, leading the Japs to anticipate a renewal of hostilities.
Instantly a shrill bugle call sounded from the window of a Jap shoe-maker's shop. Brown little Japs swarmed from the buildings and lined up in military array in the entrances of all the streets penetrating the quarter. The order was perfect. They dispersed at another signal the moment the truth was learned.
The question naturally arises, are the Japs in the United States organized, and have they arms secreted for an uprising in the event of war with Japan?
All Japanese are intensely patriotic. They are trained in the art of war from childhood. At 6 they are taught to march and counter-march in the public schools. At 12 they are instructed in full military tactics; at 15 in the use of firearms. Every Jap reports at intervals to some officer in his colony.
With a force of 150,000 Japs on the Pacific slope at the outbreak of hostilities Japan would be in an excellent position to hamper us seriously. Incalculable damage might be done by the blowing up of rail-road tracks and bridges. These operations might be extended to the dry docks and fortifications.
No more serious attack could be made than a successful one against the dry docks. Railroad bridges could be rebuilt in short order, fortifications could be renewed, but any extensive damage to the dry docks would be well night fatal to our cause.
There are but two navy yards on the Pacific coast. One at Mare Island and in the San Pablo bay, California, the other at Bremerton, on Port Orchard bay, an offshoot of Puget Sound. Both are Wholly inadequate for war time needs. [Ed. note: Not to mention Pearl Harbor, which was known by our government to be of vital strategic importance as early as 1865.]
Mare Island navy yards, equipped at a cost of $7,000,000, is regarded by navy officials as a joke. The docks will not accommodate the larger battleships. At Bremerton are facilities for accommodating only one of the largest battleships at a time.
Every battleship seriously crippled would have to go out of commission while awaiting Its turn for repairs. Frequently repairs on one ship require six months time. The situation is easily comprehended.
The paramount need of the navy today is more naval base capacity on the Pacific coast.[The Daily Ardmoreite, Ardmore, Oklahoma, Friday Evening, March 20, 1908. Volume XIV Number 253 Pg. 6]
It is becoming quite clear that We The People need to take heed of the words of our forebears; "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, -That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness...."--Declaration of Independence.
Or, we can continue to allow ourselves to be ruled by treasonous tyrants. Until they finally succeed in their goal of the total destruction of freedom and liberty. The choice is up to us. Don't know about you, but I'm inclined to follow the advice of one of our more famous early American patriots: "What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"--Patrick Henry.
"Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it,"--George Santayana, "Reason in Common Sense", the first volume of "The Life of Reason". [DOVER PUBLICATIONS, INC. NEW YORK. The Dover edition, first published in 1980, is an unabridged republication of volume one of The Life of Reason; or the Phases of Human Progress, originally published by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1905.]