Across China on Foot eBook

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[Footnote J:  Anyone who contemplates a tramp across China must not get the idea that he can still continue the uses of civilization.  For the most part he will have to live pretty well as a Chinese the whole time, and he will find, as I found, that it is easy to give up a thing when you know the impossibility of getting it.—­E.J.D.]

[Footnote K:  This was written later.  I have altered my views since I have traveled from end to end of Yuen-nan.  The disappearance of opium, on the contrary, apart from the moral advantage to the people, has done much to place them in a better position financially.  In Tali-fu I found not a single shop on the main street “to let,” and the trade of the place had gone ahead considerably, and this was a city which people generally supposed would suffer most on account of the non-growth of opium.—­E.J.D.]

[Footnote L:  May, 1910.  As a matter of fact the date makes no difference, because unfortunately the number of suicides from opium does not seem to have decreased materially in Western China since the opium crusade was started.  Upon the slightest provocation a Chinese woman in Yuen-nan will take her life, and it is probable that for the five cases which came to my notice through the mission house there were treble that number which did not—­E.J.D.]

[Footnote M:  This was written at the end of 1909 Now, in July, 1910, things are changed wonderfully.  The rapidity with which China is driving out the poppy from province after province is truly remarkable.  In Szech’wan, in April, 1909, I passed through miles and miles of poppy along the main road—­to-day there is none to be seen It is to be hoped that Great Britain will do her part as faithfully as China is doing hers.]



Digression from travel. How rebellions start in China. Famous Boxer motto. Way of escape shut off. Riots expected before West can be won into the confidence of China. Boxerism and students of the Government Reform Movement. Author’s impressions formed within the danger zone. More Boxerism in China than we know of. Causes of the Chao-t’ong Rebellion. Halley’s Comet brings things to a climax. Start of the rioting. Arrival of the military. Number of the rebels. They hold three impregnable positions, and block the main roads. European ladies travel to the city in the dead of night. A new ch’en-tai takes the matter in hand. Rumors and suspense. Stations of the rebels. A night attack. Sixteen rebels decapitated. Officials alter their tactics. Fighting on main road. Superstition regarding soldiers. One of the leaders captured by a headman. Chapel burnt down and caretaker rescued by military. Li the Invincible under arms. Huang taken prisoner. Two leaders killed. Rising among the Miao. Mission work at a standstill. Child-stealing, and the Yuen-nan Railway rumor. Barbaric punishment. Tribute to Chinese officials. British Consul-General. Resume of the position. An unfortunate incident.

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