China and the Allies - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER XXIX

The assurances of the Viceroys and Governors of the Southern Provinces--A memorial--Denouncing the Boxers--In the interest of the Empire--Stringent measures needed--On the verge of a great calamity--Worried and alarmed.

MORE reassuring to the Consuls and the foreign community than the message of the Admirals must have been the assurances given by the Viceroys and Governors of the southern provinces, as well as the Imperial High Commissioner of the Yangtze valley, in the following memorial wired by them to the Throne* on June 22. It is significant that Li-hung-chang's name does not appear among the memorialists.

The memorialists are Li Pingheng, High Commissioner of the Yangtze; Liu Kunyi, Viceroy of the Liang Kiang; Chang Chih-tung, Viceroy of the Liang Hu; Lu Chuanlin, Governor of Kiangsu; Wang Chihchun, Governor of Anhui; Sung Shou, Governor of Klangsi; Yu Yin-liu, Governor of Hupeh; and Yu Liensan, Governor of Hunan.

"Telegrams from various countries show that the cruel massacres committed by the Boxers will surely call down vengeance upon China. If they are not quickly put down the Powers will certainly be angry. Advices from Japan show that if this is done quickly there is still time. We are

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Specially translated for the Shanghai Mercury.

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