FRIENDSHIP OR HATRED?
 SIX weeks had passed. It was in the evening after supper, when three samurai were sitting in the room overlooking
the garden of Choshiu's yashiki in Yedo. Guards were stationed within easy distance, so as to encircle the
principal building, one room of which was occupied by Kano, in virtue of his influence within the clan. It was
known that the Go rojiu had scattered more spies about the yashiki of the great southern clans. Kano, who, had
arrived only that morning, had immediately ordered the captain of the guard, to produce a list of every person
living within the yashiki or its grounds. Together they had scanned every name, and those who were not
personally known to the Councillor or the Captain, were served with a notice to depart, and had been escorted
 the gate. Kano had also given orders that a report should be prepared at once, explaining who was responsible
for their presence. Until this had been sifted to the bottom, a number of young samurai of known loyalty had
been selected to guard the palace, in turn, and they had received orders to cut down any one found prowling in
the grounds. A search was made under the palace, and it was only when satisfied that floor nor ceiling had
been tampered with, that Kano felt he could speak without fear of being reported.
After he was satisfied of his privacy, he had sent word to the guard at the gate that, when Mr. Inouye should
arrive, he was to proceed immediately to the palace. The answer was that Inouye was in the yashiki, and in the
apartments of Mr. Ito. Kano had then sent a request to the two friends to visit him in his room. They had
returned with the messenger, and had taken supper together. The servants had brought tea and tobacco, and had
 "Gentlemen." said Kano, "we shall now proceed to business. Mr. Ito, your friend has probably informed you of
what has brought him to Yedo?
"Beyond mentioning incidentally that his visit was connected with business of the clan, he has not done so,
That is entirely like my friend Inouye. It was like a true samurai, although, in this case, so
much caution was superfluous. I am, however, pleased, because I shall have the satisfaction of enlarging upon
the merits of our friend."
Inouye bowed to the ground, and protested that he had only acted as every samurai of Choshiu would have done.
Kano then proceeded to unfold the events leading to their mission, and their adventures, until the time when
they entered upon their novel experiences, while Ito, although deeply interested and astonished, preserved the
same placid countenance. Kano continued:—
"We met, as agreed upon, every fifth day. It was, I confess, a relief to me to see a face I
 could trust, but I would not permit our friend to tell me his experience. It was because I desired facts, and
not mere impressions. The investigation regarded the welfare of the clan, hence, of course, no sacrifice could
be too great. Above all, the council desired impartial accounts; justice, full justice, must be done to the
barbarians and to the Tokugawa, and that the judgment might be unbiased, time nor expense should he taken into
account. I am, even now, sorry that an accident drew the attention of the Tokugawa spies upon me, and
compelled me to leave suddenly. It was not difficult to baffle those dogs, and I am quite sure that they lost
all traces of me. They are probably burying my body now. It was owing to my supposed death that I could warn
our friend here, who will now, I am sure, entertain us with his experience."
Inouye bowed and said: "If I had been permitted to give your honor my impressions, when I was first engaged by
that good man, the American physician, they would not vary
ma-  terially from what I can now state as my knowledge. From first to last, he and his family treated me with the
greatest kindness. I was known to him as Tomori, the kodz'kai; yet when he requested me to do
something, it was always with a 'please!' and he invariably thanked me. He observed that I was anxious to
acquire his language, perhaps Mr. Tanaka, his interpreter, had told him so. The first day, when the work was
done, he sent for me, and, taking a book from his shelves, began to teach me. Thanks to his patience, I can
now fairly read and speak his language.
"The work was light; to be sure, it was not the work of a samurai, but I was not made to feel that I was a
menial. At first I was shocked when I saw that his wife was really the master in the house, and that he paid
her marked deference whenever they met. They ate together and walked out together. But I found out very
quickly that, while she directed the affairs of the household, and looked after the children, she did not
interfere with his work, except to help him.
 She looked after all of us, to see that we were made comfortable, and often, when my morning's work was
finished, she would say: 'Tomori San, bring your books; perhaps I may be able to help you.' Truly, she is a
good woman, as her husband is a good man.
"Everybody in the house was required to come in the dining-room, in the morning before breakfast, and in the
evening after supper. When Tanaka came for me the first morning, and I asked him what this meant, he only
smiled, and told me to ask again, in about two weeks. I thought it was part of my duty, and, of course, I
went. I watched Tanaka, and did as he did. We sat down, and the physician read to us in his own language; what
it was, I could not understand. Then they all fell on their knees, while he spoke aloud; at last, he and his
family sang, and then we were dismissed. I saw that Tanaka was unwilling to explain, and did not press him. In
about two weeks I began to understand some of the words, and then it dawned upon me with horror, that
 this physician belonged to the jashui mono,
the corrupt sect. Then I remembered the edict of
'The Christians have come to Japan to disseminate an evil law, to overthrow right doctrine, so
that they may change the government of the country and obtain possession of the land. If they are not
prohibited, the safety of the state will surely be imperiled; and if those charged with the government of the
nation do not extirpate the evil, they will expose themselves to Heaven's rebuke.' I was horror-struck, and
felt that, indeed, I was running in danger for the sake of the clan. But that same thought calmed me. What was
the danger compared to the clan. And as I grew calmer, I remembered that I did not see any crosses, and that
the priests of Iyeyasu's time were not permitted to marry. Still, as my duty permitted me to go into any room,
at any time of the day or evening, I watched the physician, his wife and children so closely that they could
do nothing without it being known to me. I had my pains for my trouble. I discovered
 nothing, because there was nothing concealed. I kept watching, I never relaxed until the time I left, because
it was my duty to the clan. I have since discovered that the physician and his wife are Christians, but surely
there has been either a terrible mistake made, or there are two sorts of Christians. At any rate, they do not
belong to any corrupt sect.
"I will now sum up my experience. I have learned their language to a considerable extent. I have learned that
there are many foreign nations, differing in language, habits, customs, as much as we differ from those of
China and Korea. I have also received from the physician a book which gives the size of each country, the
population, the army, navy, and a great many other interesting facts; but I would doubt its accuracy, only the
physician tells me that it is very nearly correct. What made me doubt is that, in referring to Dai Nippon,
which they called Japan, it is stated that we have two emperors, one spiritual and one temporal, whom they
name Tai Kun. When I
 showed this to the physician, he smiled, and said that it was our fault that foreigners knew so little of our
country, because we had never permitted them to come and enjoy its beauty."
Inouye then produced one of the large geographies used in our schools. He showed them the map of the world,
and the size of Japan compared with that of other nations. The map of the United States was closely examined,
as well as that of the ocean which separates it from Japan. All this was new to Kano and Ito, and both were
absorbed in the subject. Inouye explained as much as his limited knowledge of English would permit; although
his progress in that language, considering the time he had been able to devote to its study, was simply
marvelous. At last Kano requested Inouye to put the book up until some other opportunity. The geography was
then carefully wrapped up in cotton, and again in embroidered silk, showing the great value attached to it.
Both Kano and Ito asked minutely about the daily life of the physician, whom they did no
 longer mention as "barbarian," but Oishasan,
Honorable Mr. Physician, a token of the favorable impression made
upon them by Inouye's simple account. All these questions were answered promptly, and it was past midnight
when Kano broke up the meeting with the words:
"Gentlemen, this has been a very pleasant evening to me, none the less because I am surprised. My experience
is very different from that of Mr. Inouye. I intended to give it to you this evening, but he has beguiled us
with his interesting account. The clan will appreciate what he has done: the knowledge he has acquired will be
of great usefulness, and his loyalty to the clan deserves recognition."
Kano called a guard to conduct the two friends to their quarters, and all retired to rest.
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