The Japan Daily Mail Volume 30

The Japan Daily Mail Volume 30

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...satisfaction. The charge against him is grotesque. it cart not for an instant be reconciled ivilh the course of events. Do the Manchu Ministers who compassed the deposition of the Emperor because of his zeal for reform expect the world to believe that an attempt to poison him ivas siriiriltaiieorisly made by the most prominent leader of reform? If the first trorible in Pr-king was a inurderoris plot against the Sovereign's life, why did his alleged defenders proceed to dethrone him? The cltiinsiiiess of such fabrications would be comical if their results did not threaten to be tragic. j@ii lt will be observed that Kang is described by our correspondent as "charged with adriiiriisteriiig poison to the Emperor." Was poison zidrninistered, then, and how did the Emperor fare? On the one hand, we l_iave official accounts representing that the Emperor was a consenting party to the recent changes and that he is to govern conjointly with the Einpress-Dowager. On the other, we have the same officials issuing orders and adopting vigorous measures for the arrest of a high officer on the charge of-having poisoned the Emperor. It is scarcely nr-cessary to put into words the ominous inferences that such contradictory proceedings suggest. ' History repeats itself, China. Ve can not but recall, at this juncture, the incidents that i: nnierliately preceded the death of the last Ernperor, Tung Chih. That ill-fated sovereign attaining his 19th year in I874, the two Dowager Einpresses, who had governed as regents since I86r, retired into private life and Tung Chili took into his hands the reins of administration. By his side was a man, Prince Kung, who occupied a place not unlike that recently held by Li Hung-chang: he enjoyed the full more

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  • Paperback | 964 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 48mm | 1,683g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236795164
  • 9781236795168