There is trouble coming in Japan. The Prince of Nagato
objects to something the Tycoon has done or omitted to do, has declared war, and has asked Burgevine, the soldier of fortune, to command his army. Bargevine has declined, but as the Prince is immensely rich, some other soldier is almost certain to be found. The Prince of Satsuma has joined his brother Daimio, and the Tycoon is raising 100,000 men to do battle for his throne, and will very probably make the assistance of a foreign fleet the con- dition of the faithful observance of treaties. If we do not assist him some other power will, leaving us without influence, while if we do we are at war—two frequent alternatives in the far East, but not the more pleasant for their frequency.