Kwang-Hsu's reform edicts--A Boxer proclamation--The Loo or Assembly halls--Boxer's distinguishing colours--How the Boxers were armed--Invulnerability--Occult powers--Boxer war song and initiation.
TWO years ago the Emperor Kwang-Hsu's reform edicts alarmed corrupt officials, whose rights of extortion over the superstitious and ignorant classes they to a certain extent limited. These edicts were probably the principal cause that gave a sudden impetus to the present movement. The monks, who in former times had all over China brought about the assassination of hundreds of Catholic converts, were now taking advantage of the opportunity and attempting a similar game on a more gigantic scale.
Here is a Boxer Proclamation, a translation of which appeared in the Japan Mail :--
"The Chinese Empire has been celebrated for its sacred teaching. It explained heavenly truth and taught human