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San Fracisco Call article (!900)
Homer Lea, SF Call (1900)

Steamship China

HLRS-10028.. San Francisco Call (1900).

Sensational San Francisco Call headlines announcing Homer Lea's intent to lead military forces in China, April 22, 1900.

HLRS-10029..Homer Lea, SF Call (1900).

Homer Lea's photo from the April 22, 1900 article "Young Californian is Plotting to Become Commander-in-Chief of Chinese Rebel Forces."

Source: San Francisco Call, April 22, 1900.

HLRS-10030. Steamship China.

On June 22, 1900, Homer Lea boarded the Pacific Mail steamship China (depicted here, circa 1900) in San Francisco, destined for China.

Source: Stereo view card, E. & H.T. Anthony, circa 1900.

Grand Hotel Yokohama
Hong Kong Post Card


HLRS-10031..Grand Hotel Yokohama

On his trip from California to China during the summer of 1900, Homer Lea stayed at the Grand Hotel in Yokohama, Japan, after arrival there on July 11, 1900.

Source: Post Card, circa 1900.

HLRS-10032. Hong Kong Post Card

Post Card Homer Lea sent from Hong Kong to his sister Ermal during his 1900 trip to China.

Source: Personal Papers of Mr. and Mrs. James D. Lea, Houston, Texas.

HLRS-10033. Yamagata

While traveling in China in 1900, Homer Lea met with Baron Yamagata Aritomo (depicted here as a Field Marshal in the early 1890s), a former Japanese prime minister and founder of the modern Japanese army.

Source: H.W. Wilson, Japan's Fight for Freedom, Vol. 3 (London: Amalgamated Press, 1906).

Marquis Ito Hirobumi

San Francisco Call (1901)

HLRS-10034. Okuma

Homer Lea met with Count Shigenobu Okuma, a former prime minister and former minister of foreign affairs on January 13, 1901, at his residence outside of Tokyo.

Source: Okuma Shigenobu, Wikipedia.

HLRS-10035. Ito

Homer Lea met with Marquis Ito Hirobumi, another distinguished statesman and former prime minister, who was sympathetic to the Chinese reform cause.

Source: H.W. Wilson, Japan's Fight for Freedom, Vol. 3 (London: Amalgamated Press, 1906).

HLRS-10036. San Francisco Call (1901)

Sensational San Francisco Call headlines announcing Home Lea's return as a General in the Chinese Army, April 21, 1901


Liang Ch’i-ch’ao
Pao Huang Hui Medal
Order of Kwang Hsu Medal

HLRS-10037. Liang Ch’i-ch’ao

Liang Ch'i-ch-ao, circa 1903.

Source: Charles O. Kates Personal Papers, Mr. Brian Kates, Pomona, New York.

HLRS-10038. Pao Huang Hui Medal

Gold medal presented to General Homer Lea by the Los Angeles branch of the Chinese Empire Reform Association (Pao Huang Hui) at the dedication of their new headquarters at 419 Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, on January 2, 1904. The Chinese inscription on the medal reads: “To comrade General Lea, loyalty and honesty, the comrades of this association give this medal to General Lea."

Source: Lawrence M. Kaplan files.

HLRS-10039. Order of Kwang Hsu Medal

Homer Lea received a gold medal, the "Order of Kwang Hsu," an eight pointed star, suspended from his neck on a crimson ribbon from K’ang Yu Wei during their 1905 cross-country tour. Lea’s medal was reportedly inscribed: “To Homer Lea from Kang Yu Wei.” The medal had an image of the Emperor on the obverse, and on the reverse were two crossed flags, one with a Chinese dragon representing the Chinese imperial flag, and one with the Pao Haung Hui flag with its three stars representing liberty, education and equality. There was an inscription around the medal’s border saying the medal was presented by the Emperor in his 34th year through K’ang Yu-wei. Beneath the reform flag were the Chinese words “Pao Huang Hui.”

Source: Lawrence M. Kaplan files.

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