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A selection of historic photographs from the life
of Homer Lea.

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HLRS-10066. Dr. Yung Wing, circa 1910.

Dr. Yung Wing, circa 1910.

Source: World's Work, July 1910. .

HLRS-10067. J. P. Morgan

On February 2, 1909, a member of Homer Lea's "Red Dragon" conspiracy tried to solicit financial backing for the conspiracy from businessman J. P. Morgan, who rejected the offer with the replay: “I am ready to do business with any established government on earth but I cannot help to make a government to do business with.”.

Source: Print Collection Portrait File, No. 1701404, New York Public Library.

HLRS-10068. Chalmers Detroit Auto

Homer Lea purchased a new, top-of-the-line Chalmers-Detroit touring car in 1909, which the Oakland Tribune later characterized as “the finest automobile in the city.”

Source: San Francisco Call, September 27, 1908..

Elihu Root

HLRS-10069. James N. Gillett

California Governor James N. Gillett (depicted here) invited Homer Lea to be a delegate to the first Pacific Coast Congress, which convened in San Francisco in November 1910. Lea addressed the Congress as an authority on the potential Japanese threat and the question of coast defenses.

Source: Library of Congress, No. LC-B2-1033-14.

HLRS-10070. Lankershim Hotel

June 1911, Dr. Sun Yat-sen was Homer Lea's guest at the Lankershim Hotel in Los Angeles, where they made plans for the Chinese Republican Revolution.

Source: Hotel Lankershim Post Card, No. 2241, Edw. H. Mitchell, San Francisco, Calif., circa 1910.

HLRS-10071. Elihu Root

In June 1911, the Leas visited Washington D.C., where they obtained a passport and Homer Lea tried to solicit government support for a Chinese revolution. He approached Senator Elihu Root (seen here, circa 1909), a former Secretary of War and champion of military reform, who was his choice when dedicating The Valor of Ignorance. Lea warned him of an imminent revolution and change of government in China, but Root made no promises.

Source: Library of Congress, No. LC-B-725-12.

Kaiser Wilhelm
Field Marshal Lord Roberts

HLRS-10072. Kaiser Wilhelm

German Emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm II thought highly of The Valor of Ignorance and The Day of the Saxon.

Source: Kaiser Wilhelm Post Card, No. 1564, Verlag von Gustav Liersch & Co., Berlin,1907.

HLRS-10081. Field Marshal Lord Roberts

Field Marshall Lord Frederick Sleigh Roberts, former commander-in-chief of the British Army (depicted here in a 1900 photograph), was so impressed with The Valor of Ignorance (1909) that he purchased every copy he could obtain in London to distribute to his friends and associates. He also asked Homer Lea to write a book about British defense challenges, which became The Day of the Saxon (1912).

Source: Post Card, Simon Brothers Ltd, circa 1900.

HLRS-10082. Day of the Saxon

Source: Harper and Brothers published The Day of the Saxon in June 1912.

Reventlow Day of Saxon translation
Santa Monica Lea in wheelchair

HLRS-10083. Reventlow Day of Saxon translation

Graf Ernst zu Reventlow, a writer on international subjects, produced a German translation of The Day of the Saxon in 1913 with the revised title, Des Britischen Reiches Schicksalsstunde, Mahnwort eines Angelsachsen, which read “The British Empire’s Fateful Hour, The Warning of an Anglo Saxon General,” to popularize it for German readers.

Source: Kaiser Wilhelm Post Card, No. 1564, Verlag von Gustav Liersch & Co., Berlin,1907.

HLRS-10084. Santa Monica

When Homer Lea and his wife Ethel returned from China in May 1912, they took up residence at a small Santa Monica cottage overlooking the ocean at 135 Wadsworth Avenue. During Lea's recuperation from his stroke, Ethel's son, Albert H. Powers, often wheeled him along the board walk at Santa Monica Beach where they both enjoyed fishing from the pier.

Source: In and About Los Angeles (Los Angeles: E.P. Charlton & Co., 1906).

HLRS-10085. Lea in wheelchair

Homer Lea convalescing, Los Angeles, 1912.

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

Rosedale Cemetary, Los Angeles, CA Chinese Delegation 1914 Visit Vermillion Pencil film

HLRS-10086. Rosedale Cemetary

Homer Lea's funeral on November 2, 1912, was held at the Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles, where dressed in his lieutenant general's uniform, he was cremated.

Source: Post Card, M. Rieder, Los Angeles, California, No. 4432.

HLRS-10087. Chinese Delegation 1914 Visit

In 1914, when a delegation of Chinese Nationalist League officials (seen here) visited Ethel Lea (in white dress) and asked to visit Homer Lea’s tomb, they were horrified to learn that he had been cremated and his ashes were in her home. They expected and believed he deserved a more fitting resting place.

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

HLRS-10088. Vermilion Pencil film

In 1922, Japanese-born Sessue Hayakawa, a leading Hollywood film star and movie producer, adapted The Vermilion Pencil to the screen.

Source: Lawrence M. Kaplan files.

MacArthur Clare Boothe Charles Laughton

HLRS-10089. Douglas MacArthur

General Douglas MacArthur, commander of United States Forces in the Far East at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, was particularly familiar with Homer Lea’s writing. According to Major General Charles A. Willoughby, MacArthur’s Chief of Intelligence in the South West Pacific during World War II, MacArthur’s defense of the Philippines rested in part on his “encyclopedic knowledge of previous campaigns in the Philippines, with particular reference to what Homer Lea had written about them.”

Source: Lawrence M. Kaplan files.

HLRS-10090. Clare Boothe

Journalist Clare Boothe took a great interest in Homer Lea after helped elevate him to the status of forgotten military prophet after the December 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Source: Library of Congress, No. LC-USZ-120549.

HLRS-10091. Charles Laughton

On August 31, 1942, actor Charles Laughton helped promote Homer Lea's exploits by portraying him in a Cavalcade of America NBC radio drama.

Source: Lawrence M. Kaplan files.

Taiwan plane arrival Taiwan ceremony

Taiwan ashes

HLRS-10092. Arrival of the Leas' Ashes

The Leas' ashes arrive in Taiwan and are received by a military honor guard, April, 18, 1969.

Source: Joshua B. Powers Personal Papers, Powers Family, South Royalton, Vermont.

HLRS-10093. Honoring the Leas' Ashes

Part of the ceremony honoring the Leas' ashes, April 19, 1969.

Source: Joshua B. Powers Personal Papers, Powers Family, South Royalton, Vermont.

 

HLRS-10094. Escorting the Leas' ashes

Military honor guard escorting the Leas' ashes, April 19, 1969.

Source: Joshua B. Powers Personal Papers, Powers Family, South Royalton, Vermont.

Taiwan ceremony truck escort Taiwan honor guard on march Taiwan ceremony band

HLRS-10095. Escorting the Leas' ashes

Military honor guard escorting the Leas' ashes to Yangmingshan cemetery, April 19, 1969.

Source: Joshua B. Powers Personal Papers, Powers Family, South Royalton, Vermont.

HLRS-10096. Marching honor guard

Military honor guard escorting the Leas' ashes to the Yangmingshan cemetery, April 19, 1969.

Source: Joshua B. Powers Personal Papers, Powers Family, South Royalton, Vermont.

HLRS-10097. Marching band escort

Military marching band escorting the Leas' ashes to the Yangmingshan cemetery, April 19, 1969.

Source: Joshua B. Powers Personal Papers, Powers Family, South Royalton, Vermont.

Taiwan ashes with honor guard Taiwan ceremony (color) Taiwan ceremony with crowd

HLRS-10098. Internment Ceremony

Military honor guard flanks the Leas' ashes at Yangmingshan cemetery interment ceremony, April 19, 1969.

Source: Joshua B. Powers Personal Papers, Powers Family, South Royalton, Vermont.

HLRS-10099. Internment Ceremony

Interment ceremony for the Leas' ashes at Yangmingshan cemetery, April 19, 1969

Source: Joshua B. Powers Personal Papers, Powers Family, South Royalton, Vermont.

HLRS-10100. Internment Ceremony

Interment ceremony for the Leas' ashes at Yangmingshan cemetery, April 19, 1969

Source: Joshua B. Powers Personal Papers, Powers Family, South Royalton, Vermont.

  Chiang Kai-shek(1)  

 

HLRS-10101. Chiang Kai-shek

President Chiang Kai-shek and Madame Chiang greeting Joshua B. Powers in Taiwan, April 1969.

Source: Lawrence M. Kaplan files.

 

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