"My final word is that liberty, freedom, and independence, are royalthings that cannot be presented to, nor thrust upon, races or classes. If races and classes cannot rise up and by their own strength of brain and brawn wrest from the world liberty, freedom, and independence, theynever...can come to these royal possessions."
"... Ours is a lordly history, and though we may be doomed topass, in our time we shall have trod on the faces of all peoples,disciplined them to obedience, taught them government, anddwelt in the palaces ..."
In Jack's next novel,
, he would again consider theinfluence of genetics on the human condition. The novel tells thestory of Humphrey Van Weyden who transforms himself fromweakling to warrior during his stay on the Sea-Wolf. In the middle of a dangerous seal hunting expedition, Humphrey thinks to himself:"The youth of the race seemed burgeoning in me, over-civilized manthat I was, and I lived for myself the old hunting days and forestnights of my remote and forgotten ancestry." A similar instanceoccurs in the short story
In the Forests of the North
. It follows, "He,alone, was full-blooded Saxon, and his blood was pounding fiercelythrough his veins to the traditions of his race." Jack was incredibly proud of his Racial heritage, and he was not afraid to express itthrough his novels and short stories.With the Russio-Japanese War raging in the Far East, the
offered Jack the assignment of covering the conflict for them. On January 7, 1904, he set sail for Yokohama, on board the
. Upon arriving in Japan, Jack quickly disobeyed the orders of the Japanese government that no reporters be present at the KoreanFront. He sneaked into Korea by chartering a rickety sampan to takehim across the Yellow Sea. Once there he was immediately struck bythe cruel treatment inflicted upon the Russian prisoners by theJapanese. In one of his dispatches he wrote, "These men were mykind." He also stated that he would have preferably joined theRussians "in their captivity, rather than remain outside in freedomamongst aliens." When Jack returned to America, many, including his