China By Demetrius Charles Boulger































































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course was both the wiser and the more patriotic, for Li Tseching was - Page 240
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There Can Be No Doubt That This Course Was Both The Wiser And The More Patriotic, For Li Tseching Was Nothing More Than A Successful Brigand On A Large Scale; Whereas The Manchu Government Was A Respectable One, Was Well Organized, And Aspired To Revive The Best Traditions Of The Chinese.

Having come to a prompt decision, Wou Sankwei lost no time in promptly carrying it out.

He wrote a letter to the Manchus, asking them to send an army to co-operate with his in driving Li Tseching out of Pekin; and the Manchus, at once realizing that the moment had arrived for conquering China, acquiesced promptly in his plans, sent forward their advanced corps, and ordered a _levee en masse_ of the nation for the conquest of China. Assured of his rear, and also of speedy re-enforcement, Wou Sankwei did not delay a day in marching on Pekin. Li Tseching sent out a portion of his army to oppose the advance of Wou Sankwei; but the officer's instructions were rather to negotiate than to fight, for to the last Li Tseching expected that Wou Sankwei would come over to his side. He was already beginning to feel doubtful as to the security of his position; and his fears were increased by his superstition, for when, on entering Pekin, he passed under a gate above which was written the character "joong" (middle), he exclaimed, drawing his bow at the same time, "If I hit this joong in the middle, it is a sign I have gained the whole empire, as the empire is joong, the middle kingdom." His arrow missed its mark.

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