“Teacher, you test me again! ……If he had insisted to sell the medicine to the faked Eight Routes Army man QiaoGuoYu how can he refuse to meet this real one?”
“He had been trapped once. How dare he meet another so called Eight Routes Army man though you are the real one? ”
“Teacher, I have good reason to make him willing to. Firstly I would let Mrs.Miao lead me there. Sasaki the doctor cares about her misfortune. Secondly, Sasaki the doctor had told professor Miao that Umemura had showed my photo to him. It seem he did not feel sick of me. Thirdly, my purpose is to save out his friend—professor Miao—and the doctor is worrying over it by this time. So for sure he’s willing to accept my help in spite of that I’m an Eight Routes Army Man.”
Sun rose up and the silver snow outside turned into a glazing world of rainbow in the reflection. ZhangYi was broadening his mind. He smiled at the determined look of HongYuan and say: “Ok, I give you the chance to meet Sasaki the Doctor. But the national traitor of BaiShiWu made too much destruction. You should talk about him in the conversation and try to make Matsusaki arrest the guy. Then Umemura lost one of her arms more over we might get something secrete from his mouth. We have difficulty to achieve the goal but we have to. Little Cao, do you have a way to persuade Matsusaki into it? ”
“Oh, my teacher, you agreed!It’s too good! Too good!…… Yes, the BaiShiWu! We have to get him this time!” HongYuan held onto the arm of ZhangYi, “Whatever difficulty it is, just let me try! Later I will hand over my plan. I can complete the mission!” then he put on his JRAA uniform and turned to walk out of the house.
ZhangYi couldn’t help nodding his head in delight watching the shadowing of HongYuan in the departure.
“A stubborn child! Lovely and stubborn……”
In the afternoon two guests arrived at the newly established institude of Sasaki the doctor. The man was in a set of grey wollen western suit with a suitable grey overcoat outside it. He had a wollen hat and kept in his smart tranquil manner. The woman also dressed decently: She was in a set of navey blue western suit with fox skin overcoat outside it. The woman spread a little powder on her pale face. The two were lead to a not so big meeting roon on the second floor then the host pushed open the door and went in a moment later.
Sasaki the doctor was in his white over and cloth cap—obviously he had been working in his laboratory a moment before. He nodded and smiled to the woman firstly and greeted: “Sorry madam for my late welcome!”Then he observed the man for an instance before he made a bow and reached out his hand to greet in Japanese:
“Welcome! Take a seat please!”
The guest returned a bow, shook the hand of Sasaki the doctor and answered politely:
“Sorry to disturb you Sasaki the doctor! You’re so busy!” then he bowed deeply in Japanese manner to Sasaki the doctor for which the doctor returned a bow.
The female guest interpreted for them in fluent Japanese then she said to Sasaki the doctor:
“Mr.Sasaki, can we use your laboratory for a talk.”
As soon as Sasaki the doctor saw the man he felt him familiar. Then he thought of the photo Umemura had presented to him…… The doctor smiled to say:
“There’re a variety of bacterias in my laboratory. Do you fear of them? ”the doctor supported his spectacles and observed the smart and gentle young man in front of him, “Anyhow, today I invite you to a laboratory clean of bacteria. This way please!”
“It’s too good and let’s go.”Mrs.Miao suggested to move as soon as possible in case someone else may visit at the time.
That is a meeting carefully designed by CaoHongYuan and Mrs.Miao. YangXueMei had talked to Sasaki the doctor that she will introduce a friend who can rescue professor Miao to him. He’d better arrange the meeting in his laboratory. Sasaki the doctor felt something surprise and uneasy for he did not know who Mrs.Miao would brought to him. But the meeting concerns the rescue of professor Miao and he’s so urgent in the rescue of his friend. So the doctor agreed considering Mrs.Miao personally too.
Analysis: If they want to rescue Professor Miao they had to make use of the contradiction between Matsusaki and Umemura. The life of professor looks nothing important in the eyes of the enemy. They don’t care he’s innocent or not. But the message from jail created an opportunity. Umemura wanted to trap Matsusaki. Matsuski had to get the professor out before the professor could confess his involvement. So an unimportant Chinese life now seemed so important to the old fox of Matsusaki.
The three walked out of the meeting room. There’s no voice in the corridor so especially peaceful and quiet.
HongYuan and Mrs.Miao walked through two corridors with two iron doors to separate in the lead of Sasaki the doctor then arrived at an apartment in corridor style. Some clean white overalls were hanging on the wooden wall. Some white cloth shoes were placed in front of a bench and some white cloth caps were positioned in a tray on a small cupboard. Mrs.Miao smiled to say before Sasaki the doctor ever said anything:
“We have to change into laboratory men before we enter your bioclean room. Let’s change into disinfection clothes.”
Sasaki the doctor nodded in smile. HongYuan and Mirs.Miao took off their overcoats, shoes and scarfs then changed into white overall, white slippers and white cloth caps. Sasaki the doctor opened the door on the wall with a key aftrer the three had dressed up. As they opened the door the scene of the laboratory went into their eyes: the room was encircled in three sides by adjoining testbeds. They measured two inches in width and paved by clean white ceramic mosaic in uniform shinining and clear. Many peri-dishes were contained in an iron wire frame on the long testbed. On the testbed opposite placed separator, incubator and oven as well as other instruments. There’s also a large testbed in the middle of the room. Some microscopes, testtubes, reagents, flasks, glass sheets and suckers etc were placed on. Those utensils were place in disorder as if the test was on. The not so big laboratory looks tidy and clean creating a solemn atmosphere. The instance CaoHongYuan thought of LiuMing suddenly. If she could come here she should take it as a real palace of medicine.
Sasaki the doctor perceived there were only three white benches in the laboratory—they have round surface like toys. Then he waved and smiled to Mrs.Miao:
“Madam, you and your company had to sit on the small bench. I’m sorry you have to sit on them for it’s a reception in the laboratory. ”Then he moved the three separated benches much nearer to one another and the three sat down themselves by the big testbed.
As soon as they settled themselves Mrs.Miao who sat in the middle introduced Sasaki the doctor and HongYuan to each other:
“This is Sasaki the doctor—a good friend of professor Miao. This is ZhuGuangNian though still young he’s also a good friend of professor Miao. The friend’s friends are frends. Mr.Sasaki!” Mrs.Miao smiled to Sasaki and pointed to HongYuan in the mean time, “You’ll like this young friend. He admires your conduct. Today I lead him here and let you be friends.”
HongYuan took the chance to stood up. He nodded and smiled to HongYuan:
“According to Chinese customer there’s a phrase people like to use ‘I’ve long been looking forward to see you.’ But in my heart it’s in fact ‘I’ve long been in the respect of you’ I’m very happy to have this chance to learn from you in person.”
When Mrs. Miao translated HongYuan’s words in a round about way Sasaki stared wide his eyes at him and said in some surprise:
“Mr.Zhu, we have never met before how can you ‘long been in the respect’ of me?
Before HongYuan prompted an answer Mr.Miao responed:
“Mr.Sasaki, how can you forget ZhenYu couldn’t keep anything secrete from his real friend? As a Japanese scholar you have sympathy on our anti-Japanese activity and willing to sell your medicine to the Eight Routes Army. You even admire the heroic deeds of our Eight Routes Army……My husband had told Zhu all these about you. So for sure Mr.Zhu respect you upright Japanese friend. Today he dare to see you for you’re dependable friend of Chinese people……”
“Oh!Oh!……” Sasaki the doctor solemnly looked at the emotional eyes of Mr.Miao. then he turned to looked at HongYuan who sat on the bench smiling silently. The silence lasted a few seconds then HongYuan said in low voice his eyes looked deep.
“Now that Mr.Zhu knew what I have in mind and you understand me so well then we can talk sincerely to eath other like true friend. Please tell me what you want me to do directly. ”
Mrs. Miao translated accurately. Sasaki and HongYuan all nodded their heads and smiled understandingly to each other.
The sincere and directness of Sasaki the doctor was partly in the expectation of HongYuan. He had not expected Sasaki the doctor should admit his real thoughts only after a few address when Mrs.Miao poked through the “window paper”, he even asked HongYuan to express directly as if for a mission.
The expressable eyes of HongYuan were blinking in delight. He shook the hand of Sasaki the doctor again and again.
“China and Japan’s in fierce battle now while you behaved so holy and have true knowledge. You’re the pride of Japanese people; you’re the pride of Chinese people. I’m so happy that I can meet you today. In our war against the invasion of Japanese militarists I admire your spirit of holding to justice. ”
Before Mrs.Miao could finish interpreting Sasaki the doctor waved his hand in deny:
“No, Mr.Zhu, you praised me too much. But I have to tell you the truth: since the arrest of professor Miao by Umemura I was severely tortured psychologically. I’m so sorry for my old friends; I’m so sorry for Chinese people……” Then he threw a guilty look at Mrs.Miao and bent low his head.
“Doctor, I well understand your meaning and Mrs.Miao’s. But you hold no responsibility in it. You don’t have to develop such guilty feeling. For Umemura plotted the arrest of professor Miao. Her target not only range in the professor but also in you, Matsusaki and even your brother—the supreme commander in North China. The woman has grand political ambition. She want to win the favor of Tokyo supreme headquarter by defeating Matsusaki so she can get quick promotion. The woman get the present postion by slander another big spy and even traped him to death in the plot……You may not aware of these, doctor.”
Sasaki the doctor stared at the pair of clever big bright eyes of HongYuan under the white cap surprisingly. He had it in mind: “This is not a simple minded one that he should know the relation between different tribes of Japanese spy! No doubt he should be the CaoHongYuan who Umemura hunted everywhere with the photo. Today he should visit me in the disguise of ZhuGuangYuan. It’s a fortune to meet him…… Sasaki nodded his head to say at this:
“The analysis of Mr.Zhu might be right. But every day I work in my laborartory with several doors in between from the secular world. Thought I heard something of the inner struggle in the Japanese spy groups I know nothing in detail. For I never probe into that shameful things. If Mr.Zhu should mention them today then please say it directly.”
When Mrs.Miao interpreted HongYuan’s words HongYuan cut in directly.
“Now, we should save out professor Miao and maintain your North China branch selling as well as save your excellency. Of course Mrs.Miao, me and even Matsusaki are included in the rescue. At this HongYuan narrowed his eyes and smiled at Sasaki the doctor. He showed his purity and simple tinge of youth in the smile. “I have a superficial idea to prove. That’s to let Matsusaki know his present situation as well as your brother. We should make them take care. We should make them angry and fight back to defeat Umemra’s plan which is about to be achieved. Doctor, only you can realized it for no one else could meet Matsusaki and your brother…… ”
Hearing the interpretation of Mrs.Miao Sasaki the doctor frowned instantely and nodded his head to say:
“I said something to the Matsusaki’s, but its of no use……”
Mrs.Miao cut in as soon as HongYuan want to start talking:
“Mr.Sasaki, it’s still inmature when you went to meet Matsusaki last time. From the message by professor Miao we can tell that Umemura get nothing from his mouth. He especially mentioned Umemura had forced him to admit Matsusaki’s involvement. Now if you take the message to meet Matsusaki I believe……” Mrs.Miao slightly took a sigh at this. She pointed HongYuan then herself to add in emphasis: “Matsusaki would be very angry by the time! Mr.Zhu had predicted the reason why Matsusaki did not willing to help professor Miao out lays in that he want to hide a card in his sleeve. He’s afraid that professor Miao had confessed something to his disadvantage under the corporal punishment. So he want to wait and see. Now thirteen days had past since professor Miao’s arrest. The professor’s message indicated that Umemrua got nothing…… So this time when you go for Matsusaki again and present the message to him his attitude would be different to your former visit.
Mr Sasaki, think it over please. Is that the case!”
HongYuan saw there’s no quick response from Sasaki then he contimued Mrs. Miao’s topic:
“Doctor, you know the sharp contradiction between Sasaki the doctor and Umemura. They are deadly enemy to each other. For sure Matsusaki was plotting to defeat Umemura too! Maybe he have arranged already…… if you present the message to Matsusaki now I can estimate he would take effective measures to cope. At least professor Miao could be rescued out…… Further more there’s a dog under Umemura called BaiShiWu. I don’t know whether you’d ever heard about him. He knew the daughter of professor Miao whose name’s MiaoHong. And it is him who made use of every possible way in the information service of Umemura. Among the imformation he supplied are the situation of the north China medical branch selling. If you went to see Matsusaki you could propose for him to arrest BaiShiWu first. By this way you could not only sever one arm of Umemura but also gather from his mouth the conspiracy of Umemura herself……”
Analysis: The inner struggle in the enemy clique was exquisitely made use of by HongYuan. Matsaki and Umemura do have common gaol the their spy service to Japan but their individual gaol prevailed everything elso. The greediness to get quick promotion made them fight against each other fiercely in ignorant of the common gaol. So just as what I said in the previous chapter the ‘unimportant life’ of professor Miao became so important to Matsusaki in prevent of his confession.
Hearing this Sasaki the doctor interrupted in solemn look:
“I can understand your proposal. I won’t grudge anything including my life to save my friend—professor Miao. But dignity values more than life itself. There’s ancient Chinese saying: ‘You can kill me but not shame me.’ I feel more tortured in the shame……So I did not beg those like Matsusaki for help not even my brother Sasaki the commander. I won’t bent for their help……My heart aches more than professor Miao does in the jail for my incapability in the rescue……”Mentioning this Sasaki the doctor’s eyes wetted and turned his head away. A while later he turned his head back to continue: “If you think the message can change the attitude of Sasaki the doctor and he could give up the round about way as well as the conceited manner I’m willing to have a try. I also know there’s a BaiShiWu who works under Umemura and had done many evil things. I really feel shame for the degraded rat who has no dignity of man. Mr.Zhu, do you know this rat? I heard it him who sold you to Umemura……Yes, I had seen your photo before. You’re not ZhuGuangNian, you’re CaoHongYuan……… ”
Mrs.Miao was surprised at it She did not surprise that Sasaki the doctor recognized HongYuan who Umemra was hunting. She supprised that Sasaki the doctor should have such sharp detection—he only saw the photo of CaoHongYuan once while the doctor can recognize him at once! So, Mrs Miao interpreted Sasaki’s words instantly:
HongYuan laughed brightly and shook the hands of Sasaki the doctor again.
“Doctor, your eyes were born to be accustomered to detect bacterias for sure you can recognize a man in tall built like me instantly. Yes, I am the CaoHongYuan for whom Umemura was hunting. I’m so sorry for my abrupt visit may create danger for you. But its so urgent now I have to do so to save professor Miao. Forgive me please!”
Hearing what HongYuan said Sasaki the doctor also held tight the hand of him.
“Mr.Cao, the time Umemura showed your photo and inquired if I know you I started to favor you Chinese young man……Forgive my abruptness to ask: are your communist party member and Eight Routes Army man?”
HongYuan smiled and shun a direct answer:
“Doctor I also liked you very much and respected you the first time I heard about you as a Japanese friend! Now on the vast land of China millions of Chinese people are suffering from the slaughter, robbery and rape by the Japanese militarists…… The brutal war still lasts in the progressive tense. Your brother is commanding the invasion war in North China now and they are committing the crime in the slaughter. But you not only protest against the war but also tried your best to help Chinese people with all the good deeds including the joint establishment of your research institude with professor Miao. I appreciate you very much so does the communist party of China and the Eight Routes Army. In the future when the war end the people of Japan and the people of China will communicate with each other friendly. The war will end for sure though its long lasting. Doctor, you must have heard that there had been very good friendship bwteen Chinese peot LiBai and Abeno Nakamaro of Japan.”
“My friend CaoHeng from Japan,
Departed our imperial city of ChangAn.
His sailing boat circle around the reeds,
Sunk in the ocean the bright star with no homeland to meets.
White clouds in the wonder,
And my worry hanging full in the sky on the trees.
This poem was written by LiBai—a great peot in Tang Dynasty—in memory of his Japanese friend Abeno Nakamaro when the poet heard of the later’s peril on the ocean. But didn’t Abeno Nakamaro return home later?” Sasaki the doctor recited LiBai’s poem and said excitedly:“I often read this peom and I hope the peace day will come soon.
The two talked so congenially that Mrs.Miao almost couldn’t catch up in the interpretation. She flushed and smiled to Sasaki the doctor in the express:
“You’d better further discuss as to how can find out a way to meet Matsusaki carefully for its already late in the day and we couldn’t stay much longer. Right?”
“Yes, madam, accurately!” Suddenly Sasaki the doctor behaved like a child. He constantly nodded his head under the white cap to Mrs.Miao and stood up to held the hand of HongYuan another time:
“I have confidence now that you come to save my friend. We have hope to gather together with Mr. Miao again…….”
The three smiled to one another respectively in the talking.
Its ten o’clock in the morning and BaiShiWu still lied on his bed sleeping. Suddenly a pretty sweet voice spread in from outside:
“Are you up? Little Bai.”
BaiShiWu dimly heard the voice then jumped off his bed like a spring. He rubbed his eyes, smoothed his hair and answered in the mean time:
“It’s you! Umemura. I’m about to be up. Come in please if you do not mind the disorder…… or you may wait a moment on the sofa outside. I’ll be there a moment later when changed my clothes……”
“Look! you lazy man. How can you do a great job when you sleep everyday utill the sun shines on your bed! ”Umemura was still in her mink coat and had her hands in mink gloves. She pushed the door open and walked in a graceful manner to the bed of BaiShiWu then moved a chair there to sit on.
BaiShiWu was in his purple colored pajama. He dare not go to wash his face but sat on the bed edge to ask in low voice:
“Is there anything urgent by this emergent visit?”
Umemura stood up to hashly kiss on the dark blue face of BaiShiWu and hugged his neck tightly to say in low voice:
“I do have something urgent to consult you. The incident of MiaoZhenYu made a real noise! The Tokyo headquarter should be informed! Yesterday the old Matsusaki should demand him from us……So we had to think out a way to cope well……”
BaiShiWu stared blankly at Umemura who sat herself back on the chair. By this time she had took off the overcoat and showed her light blue brocade cheogonsam in flower with delicate lace. Umemura perceived the manner of BaiShiWu then added:
“It’s all because of your report that the case should be carried on like this. You insisted that MiaoZhenYu had connection with HongYuan and he sold medicine to the communist party in the Eight Routes Army……But you should know the old Miao’s a hard nut to crack. He did not admit it how hard the corporal punishment applied. As for the CaHongYuan, except for an apprentice in YuFeng pharmacy admitted an encounter in the shop no one else ever acknowleged acquaintance including HuaXing who had been shot by us……How shall we cope now? I’d like your idea.”
Umemura seldom paid her visit to the house of BaiShiWu and less she ever explained anything in such a detail to him. In fact Bai had been informed with all these before hand. But why Umemura should be in such an excitement today? Why should she pay this visit so urgently? Is there anything actually happened in Tokyo? ……Umemura sometimes told truth sometimes told lies so who knew? BaiShiWu couldn’t get the truth and he only stayed there stared blanky at Umemura without any words. After a long while he murmured to the ear of Umemura as if in a sudden realization.
“I think we’d better extinguish all the evidence and put all of those imprisoned to……”BaiShiWu smiled a grim smile and slipped his hand quickly in front of his neck to sign, “If they all do not want to live put them to death then.”
“You childish thing take it too easy!” Umemura smiled broadly, “Don’t you know the old Miao’s a friend of Sasaki the doctor while the doctor’s brother…… You ever know who his brother is！”
“Of course, I know. But its only several Chinese people. Its nothing to kill a thousand Chinese men even those like MiaoZhenYu who has some background. If we string the heads of Chinese killed by our task group it would be enough to feed all the people in BeiPing.”
Umemura kicked the foot of Bai hardly with her high heeled shoe her eyebrows up rose.
“Little Bai, you childish thing’s really immature! Can people in our line take care of nothing? We should be careful everywhere……Today I should come here specially to consult you in person in spite of the cold, its all because that I want no one else know it except you. Of course I want to get rid of those Chinese who sold medicine to the Eight Routes Army. But I have to think how to. We can not leave behind any clue to let people see it’s Umemura who killed them…… You may not know that Sasaki the doctor had met Matsusaki again. Matsusaki took more care about us these days. I can’t live well if the old guy are not be removed!”
“Sasaki the doctor had found Matsusaki!……That should be for the rescue of professor Miao. But Umemura whom did your ‘people’ refer to? ”
Umemura poked the forehead of Bai hardly with her finger, then smiled to say:
“Don’t pretend that you’re ignorant of it! The old ape of Matsusaki allied the supreme commander. He only hates that he can’t sallow us once and for all. Don’t you know I got an imformation last night that they had indicted us to Tokyo supreme headquarter…… so we had to get rid of professor Miao as soon as possible! Further more we can’t left any sign that it is done by us. We had to use other hands!……”
“How to borrow?”
“We set MiaoZhenYu free openly then let the ‘guerrila force’ assault him half way to kill the man in disorder.”
“So we have to make use of JARR force another time!”BaiShiWu probed his head out to inquire.
“What do you think of RengShangZu?” The friend of BaiShiWu suddenly brought to the mind of Umemura.
Analysis: The decayedBaiShiWu should think out a way more evil than Umemura herself. The Japanese woman kicked him so hard but it does not indicate she did not like the idea. It only indicate that she’s much more experienced viper. Bai’s disgusting and shameful in mentioning the slaughter for he himself happened to be a Chinese man. But here the author characterized the calmful Umemura to be an even worse role. So the senseless words shit by BaiShiWu appears to be less poisonous in comparasion.