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Houston, John. John Houston was created by John W. Thomason, Jr. (Rev. Praxiteles Swan) and appeared in at eight stories in The Saturday Evening Post from 1935 to 1942, beginning with “The Sergeant and the Spy” (The Saturday Evening Post, Nov. 23, 1935).

John Houston is a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps in the American Legation in Peking, “one of the old breed of professional soldiers that is increasingly rare in this age of machinery and the more abundant life.” He “has seen one big war and five little ones,” and has seen action everywhere, from Nicaragua to China. He is clever and patriotic and a good hand-to-hand fighter, and these traits see him through a variety of adventures, from uncovering White Russian spies in Peking to fighting against Mongolian bandits.

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