The Story of Chinese Gordon

The Story of Chinese Gordon

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...from foreigners, who have preyed on their country. The utter waste of money through Lay's fleet is quite painful to think of.' He had dissolved the Ever-Victorious Army on his own responsibility, though at the suggestion of Li, who saw that so costly a machine was no longer needed. Li, however, found great difficulty in meeting its demands. Our ambassador was averse to its dissolution, and the foreign merchants at Shanghai were panicstricken by Gordon's determination. But he was right in his resolve. The army might have been reorganized under its foreign officers; it might, following on the traditions of Burgevine, have formed a party of conquest on its own account. It might have gone over to the enemy and revived the Rebellion. 'I can say now, ' writes Gordon, 'that a more turbulent set of men (?) who formed the officers have not often been collected together, or a more dangerous lot, if they had been headed by one of their own style.' He stipulated for rewards to his officers and men proportionate to their services they had rendered: the former to receive large sums--in fact, little fortunes--the men to have such amounts as would provide for them and take them to their homes. His terms were readily granted, the more so probably as he himself refused all pecuniary rewards, though Li had been again commissioned by the Imperial Government to vote him a large sum of money. This he refused, as on a previous occasion he had declined the smaller reward of 10,000 taels. He had spent his pay of, 1,200 a year in comforts for his army and in the relief of the victims of the Heavculy King. To these ends he had even taxed his own private means. It was not likely, then, that he should now do anything to give a mercenary stamp to his services, or deprive...show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236592921
  • 9781236592927