Foreign News: Insult

One wet day the good ship President Madison steamed into the port of Yokohama. Americans were aboard, and a customs officer thought it his plain and insulting duty to breathe a little anti-exclusion spirit into his work. He examined the freeborn citizens of the U. S. for all the 60 seconds of the 60 minutes of an hour, forcing them, among other things, to stand on a wet wooden platform in their bare feet.

The result was that the aforesaid freeborn American citizens sneezed a complaint to the U. S. Consul at Yokohama. Later,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!