China By Demetrius Charles Boulger































































 -  That there was ample justification
for this apprehension the second attempt on the person of the emperor
clearly revealed. Whatever - Page 329
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That There Was Ample Justification For This Apprehension The Second Attempt On The Person Of The Emperor Clearly Revealed.

Whatever dangers the emperor might be exposed to in the streets of Pekin, where the members of the hated

And dreaded secret societies had as free access as himself, it was thought that he could feel safe in the interior of the Forbidden city - a palace-fortress within the Tartar quarter garrisoned by a large force, and to which admission was only permitted to a privileged few. Strict as the regulations were at all times, the attempt on Kiaking and the rumors of sedition led undoubtedly to their being enforced with greater rigor, and it seemed incredible for any attempt to be made on the person of the emperor except by the mutiny of his guards or an open rebellion. Yet it was precisely at this moment that an attack was made on the emperor in his own private apartments which nearly proved successful, and which he himself described as an attack under the elbow. In the year 1813 a band of conspirators, some two hundred in number, made their way into the palace, either by forcing one of the gates, or, more probably, by climbing the walls at an unguarded spot, and, overpowering the few guards they met, some of them forced their way into the presence of the emperor. There is not the least doubt that Kiaking would then have fallen but for the unexpected valor of his son Prince Meenning, afterward the Emperor Taoukwang, who, snatching up a gun, shot two of the intruders.

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