Drowsy Emperor Labs'  occasional series "Drowsy Emperor's Tales of True Adventure" are modelled in subject matter, format and design, on the old "Yellow Dime Novels" popular in mid to late 1800s America.

This illustrated 12 page first edition, " The Startling Story of L.C. Arlington, From Wild West Cowboy to Qing Dynasty Mandarin!" is the first chapter of an intended series based on the life of colorful sinologist and tale spinner L.C. Arlington. The opinionated Arlington spent some 50 years in the Chinese government service and retired as Commissioner of the Chinese Post Office. His autobiography "Through the Dragon's Eyes" was published in 1931.

This first instalment focuses on Arlington's childhood and teenage years in tumultuous post Gold Rush California and his early experiences first, as a young cowboy and then his three years as a ward of the State of California onboard the Jamestown, a "floating reformatory", employed at the time to provide recalcitrant boys with training in seamanship. It was through this training that Arlington ultimately ended up in China initially employed by the Chinese navy.

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