Reports from Her Majesty's Minister in China Respecting Events at Peking: Presented to Both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty, December 1900

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H.M. Stationery Office, 1900 - Beijing (China) - 61 pages
 

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Page 22 - Yamên's communication came as a complete surprise. What no European had foreseen, certainly none in Peking, was that the Chinese Government would be so influenced by the pretensions of the Boxers to supernatural powers as to believe that they could safely defy the rest of the world. The French Bishop in Peking, for instance, who had by general admission the best sources of information, believed up to the end of May that a guard of forty or fifty marines was all that was needed to make the French...
Page 30 - ... they came too close they would be shot, but it was very difficult to restrain their curiosity to see more of our defences. There were noteworthy differences, however, between the troops on different sides of us, those to the north and west — all Kansuh men under Tungfu-hsiang— remaining sullen and suspicious.
Page 37 - We now request Your Excellencies to first take your families and the various members of your staffs, and leave your Legations in detachments. We should select trustworthy officers to give close and strict protection, and you should temporarily reside in the...
Page 37 - Hut at the time of leaving the Legations there must on no account whatever be taken any single armed foreign soldier, in order to prevent doubt and fear on the part of the troops and people, leading to untoward incidents.
Page 38 - This is the single way of preserving relations that we have been able to devise in the face of innumerable difficulties. If no reply is received by the time fixed, even our affection will not enable us to help you.
Page 44 - Peking where it is impossible to foretell when a disaster may occur. No matter whether by day or by night, a single hour or a single moment's laxness may leave no time for guarding against a sudden danger.50 The proposal ended there. Because of the foreign ministers...
Page 37 - Ssu-hsi, and learned from him that all the foreign ministers were well which caused us very great satisfaction (!). But it is the unexpected that happens. The reinforcements of foreign troops were long ago stopped and turned back by the Boxers...
Page 37 - Legations there must on no account whatever be taken any single armed foreign soldier, in order to prevent doubt and fear on the part of the troops and people, leading to untoward incidents. If your Excellency is willing to show this confidence we beg you to communicate with all the foreign Ministers in Peking...
Page 37 - In the last ten days the soldiers and militia have been fighting, and there has been no communication between us, to our great anxiety. Some time ago, we hung up a board expressing our intentions, but no answer has been received, and, contrary to expectation, the Government soldiers made renewed attacks, causing alarm and suspicion amongst soldiers and people.
Page 38 - ... within its borders. There has never been a case of war between two civilized powers in which the safety of the Envoys was not guaranteed» Now what has been the treatment by china of the Envoys who are guests at her capital? Ever since the 20th of June the troops of the Chinese Government have kept up an incessant fire on all the foreign legations both with rifles* and artillery...

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