Anti-foreign Yu-H'sien appointed Governor of Shansi--A slap in the face for England and America--An alarming telegram-- Imperial decree satisfactory as far as it went, in Sir Claude MacDonald's opinion--The decree.
ANOTHER slap in the face from the Chinese was reported on March 15, when the late Governor of Shantung, Yu- H'sien--who was the main instigator of the outrages in that province, concerning whom the United States Minister had formally demanded that he should never be re-employed, and upon whose punishment for the murder of Mr. Brooks the British Minister had insisted--was with great pomp appointed Governor of Shansi.
If a man of the stamp of Sir Harry Parkes, instead of one of the stamp of Sir Claude MacDonald, had been in Pekin at this juncture, he might have thought that the time had come to set his foot firmly down and seriously to demand what the Chinese Government meant by this open encouragement of the anti-foreign movement. Sir Claude, however, seemed satisfied to let the Chinese temporise, and accepted their usual far-fetched excuses as plausible.
The telegram of the missionaries from P'ing Yin and T'ai An: "Outlook very black, daily marauding; constant danger; edict suppressing (Boxers) published; troops present