"Curiosity is the only good quality which I ever possessed"
After a brief stay in the USA, he decided to travel again. This time he chose to go to China where he had heard that a rising was expected. At the age of thirty-five, after a beginning as a painter and the success he had as explorer, he became a war correspondent as a witness of the bloody events of the Boxer Rebellion. He assisted at the battles between the Chinese rebels and the foreigner armies, and he was also present when the allies finally entered the Forbidden Cit, sacking a great part of the imperial palace and the ancient temples around it. In a perfect reporter’s style, he produced a book about that experience in just a few weeks, entitling it China and the Allies, published in New York and soon after in London. No medium could be better than photographs to illustrate such a reportage, which however he alternates with drawings by his hand.