These stories are the result of nine years' residence and experience on the Malayan coast--that land of romance and adventure which the ancients knew as the Golden Chersonesus, and which, in modern times, has been brought again into the atmosphere of valor and performance by Rajah Brooke of Sarawak, the hero of English expansion, and Admiral George Dewey of the Asiatic squadron, the hero of American achievement. The author, in his official duties as Special Commissioner of the United States for the Straits Settlement and Siam, and, later, as Consul General of the United States at Hong Kong, has mingled with and studied the diverse people of the Malayan coast, from the Sultan of Johore and Aguinaldo the Filipino to the lowest Eurasian and “China boy” of that wonderful Oriental land. These stories are based on his experiences afloat and ashore, and are offered to the American public at this time when all glimpses of the land that Columbus sailed to find are of especial interest to the modern possessors of the land he really did discover.
Baboo's Good Tiger -- Baboo's Pirates -- How we Played Robinson Crusoe -- The Sarong -- The Kris -- The White Rajah of Borneo -- Amok! -- Lepas's Revenge -- King Solomon's Mines -- Busuk -- A Crocodile Hunt -- A New Year's Day in Malaya -- In the Burst of the Southwest Monsoon -- A Pig Hunt on Mount Ophir -- In the Court of Johore -- In the Golden Chersonese -- A Fight with Illanum Pirates