Li Hung Chang: His Life and Times

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Page 102 - British merchants will not be allowed to reside at Ch'ung-k'ing, or to open establishments or warehouses there, so long as no steamers have access to the port. When steamers have succeeded in ascending the river so far, further arrangements can be taken into consideration.
Page 144 - THEY pass me by like shadows, crowds on crowds, Dim ghosts of men, that hover to and fro, Hugging their bodies round them like thin shrouds Wherein their souls were buried long ago : They trampled on their youth, and faith, and love, They cast their hope of human-kind away, With Heaven's clear messages they madly strove, And conquered, — and their spirits turned to clay...
Page 119 - Opium is a subject in the discussion of which England and China can never meet on common ground. China views the whole question from a moral standpoint ; England from a fiscal. England would sustain a source of revenue in India, while China contends for the lives and prosperity of her people.
Page 128 - ... numbers are reduced. When an enemy comes up and breaks the wall of the city, the Chinese soldiers ought not to stay and fight the enemy ; but to go out and attack the trains of baggage in the rear, and worry him on the roads he came by. By keeping the Chinese troops lightly loaded with baggage, with no guns, they can move two to every one li the enemy marches. To-day the Chinese will be before him ; to-morrow they will be behind him ; the next day they will be on his left hand ; and so on till...
Page 224 - Whereas Mr. Detring has held office in our Empire for many years, and proved himself faithful, true, and worthy of the highest trust. We command Li Hung-chang to inform him fully and completely of whatever has so far been deliberated upon and decided, and ask him to proceed without delay to Japan to effect a settlement as occasion arises.
Page 129 - China wants no big officer from foreign Powers ; I say big officer, because I am a big officer in China. If I stayed in China it would be bad for China, because it would vex the American, French, and German Governments, who would want to send their officers. Besides, I am not wanted. China can do what I recommend herself. If she cannot, I could do no good.
Page 120 - Government is impressed with the necessity of making strenuous efforts to control this flood of opium before it overwhelms the whole country. The new treaty with the United States containing the prohibitory clause against opium encourages the belief that the broad principles of justice and feelings of humanity will prevail in future relations between China and Western nations. My Government will take effective measures to enforce the laws against the cultivation of the poppy in China, and otherwise...
Page 298 - I write in all seriousness and sincerity to inform you that there is a great secret scheme, having for its aim to crush all foreigners in China and to wrest back the territories " leased " to them. The chief leaders are the Empress-Dowager, Prince Ching, Prince Tuan, Kang-yi, Chao Shu-chiao, and Li Ping-heng. The forces to be used to achieve this end are all Manchus.
Page 292 - Let no one think of making peace, but let each strive to preserve from destruction and spoliation his ancestral home and graves from the ruthless hands of the invader.
Page 128 - China's power is in her numbers, in the quick moving of her troops, in the little baggage they require, in their few wants. It is known that men armed with sword and spear can overcome the best regular troops, if armed with the best breech-loading rifles and well instructed in every way, if the country is at all difficult, and if the men with the spears and swords outnumber their foe ten to one.

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