Chinese Miscellanies; A Collection of Essays and Notes

Chinese Miscellanies; A Collection of Essays and Notes

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1865 edition. Excerpt: ...or die as the emperor pleases, ' cried Teihying. ' What concern is it of yours, that you may behave in this mad style? Seize him instantly! ' The attendants now stepped up to lay their hands on the young man, but the other two members of the 'court interfered. ' Hold! ' cried theyand calling him up to the judgment table, they pacified Teihohungyu with good words. " ' Worthy friend, we do not blame your well-intentioned spirit; but the nation has its laws, judges their dignity, and prisoners their sentence. It is not allowable to intrude in this rude manner. The leader has already been imprisoned for more than a year, and Shueykeuyih, who recommended hiin, exiled on his account. His ofiences being proved by several concurrent authorities, how shall he now be found guiltless by his judges? The nation's laws, the judges' dignity, and the prisoner's case, alike forbid this! Admitting, however, that we proposed a mitigation of his punishment, it would be impossible to remit the heaviest part of the sentence. But the minister has advised his decapitation----the emperor has assented--how, then, shall we attempt to oppose it? ' " ' Alas, ' replied Teihchungyu, sighing, ' your lordship's words would better become those ordinary ministers who abandon what is right for the sake of their places, their emoluments, or their personal safety: they pertain not to that disinterested spirit which identifies your country's welfare with your own! Were the truth as you state it, the lowest capacity might be more than suflicient to conduct the business of the state: what need of personages of your 1ordship's weight to minister for the sovereign! Let me ask...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236815505
  • 9781236815507