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16. The Rubiyat
17. WestlakePark

18. Occidental College

HLRS-10016. The Rubaiyat, by Omar Khayam (Fitzgerald).

Homer Lea loved poetry and the Rubaiyat by Persian poet Omar Khayyam ranked among his favorite readings, which he often carried with him.

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (Boston, J.R. Osgood & Co., 1878). First American Edition.

HLRS-10017. Westlake Park.

Homer Lea often studied on the lawns of Westlake Park that were just a few blocks from his Bonnie Brae Street home..

Weslake Park, No. 5113, Newman Post Card Co., Los Angeles, CA., circa 1908.

HLRS-10018. Occidental College.

Homer Lea attended Occidental College from September 1896, to June 1897, when the college occupied what had been the old army headquarters building (depicted here, circa 1885) on the east side of Hill Street between Sixth and Seventh streets.

Source: St. Vincent's College, No. 00031869, Los Angeles Public Library.

19. Centra Square Park
20. Stanford University

21. Encina Hall

HLRS-10019. Central Square Park.

As a freshman at Occidental College (1896-1897) in Los Angeles, Homer Lea participated in debates at nearby Central Square Park.

Source: Central Park, Los Angeles, Western Pub. & Novelty Co., Los Angeles, circa 1912.

HLRS-10020. Stanford University.

Homer Lea attended Stanford University (depicted here in a 1903 photo) from 1897 to 1899 and majored in Economics.

Source: Stanford University Postcard, 1904.

HLRS-10021. Encina Hall.

At Stanford University, Homer Lea resided at Encina Hall, the school's male dormitory.

Source: Encina Hall Post Card, No. 862, Edward W. Mitchell, San Francisco, Calif., circa 1900.

22. Maclean Hospital
20. Map of China


HLRS-10022. Maclean Hospital.

In May 1899, Lea took a leave of absence from Stanford and checked into San Francisco's Maclean Hospital (depicted here) for surgery after a riding accident. He contracted small pox at the hospital and subsequently gave up plans to return to Stanford while recuperating at home.

Source: San Francisco Call, November 18, 1896.

HLRS-10023. Map of China.

Imperial China, circa 1896.

Source: R.H. Macy & Co., Macy's Atlas of the World (New York: R.H. Macy & Co., 1896). .

HLRS-10024. Dowager Empress.

In 1898, Dowager Empress Tzu Hsi (depicted here, circa 1900) responded to Emperor Kwang-hsu's introduction of westernized reforms that were inspired by his advisor K'ang Yu-wei, by placing the Emperor under house arrest and putting a price on K'ang Yu-wei's head.

Source: Arthur J. Brown, The Chinese Revolution (New York: Student Volunteer Movement, 1912).

25. Emperor Kwang-hsu
26. Kang Yu-Wei
12.LA High School.JPG

HLRS-10025. Emperor Kwang-hsu.

Emperor Kwang-hsu was 26 years old when the Dowager Empress deposed him in 1898. He died two days before the Dowager's death in November 1908.

Source: Washington Times, November 13, 1908.

HLRS-10026. K'ang Yu-wei, circa 1898.

K'ang Yu-wei, circa 1898.

Source: Philip W. Sargent, The Great Empress Dowager of China (New York: Dodd, Mead, 1911).

HLRS-10027. Robert E. Lee.

Homer Lea successfully sold himself as a military expert to the Chinese Empire Reform Association by claiming he was a relative of the famous Confederate general, Robert E. Lee, which he was not.

Source: Library of Congress No. LC-B8172-001.

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