World Battlefronts: Life and Death on Borneo

A frigate, with a small steamer, a few gunboats, a fort, a slight military force, and the English union jack, would constitute an establishment powerful enough, not only to protect the place, but to control all the neighboring evildoers. . . .

These words were almost a century old last week, and almost a hundred times as ironic as their author, Sir James Brooke, the first swashbuckling white Raja of Sarawak in Borneo, thought they ever would be. For last week evildoers with scant respect for the English union jack descended on his Sarawak....

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