Remorseful MAGISTRATE NINE DREAMS CAO had used a brilliant stratagem in the fall of 1928 to wipe out the bandits of Northeast Gaomi Township led by my granddad. Decades later, when Granddad was in mountains of Hokkaido, this tragic page in history was always before him. . . . . The dried river that reeked of blood and the hundreds of corpses that belong once to notorious bandits but now lying motionless, rotting and useless the source of food for the hungry rebellious ungrateful dogs as he would call them. "I should have perished with that callous dog whose hands stained with blood of the valiant. Perhaps, I shouldn't, he'll dirty my hand." Granddad would sigh and go into deep thought after that.