The Boxer movement spreads in the Chili province--Ships requested to proceed to Taku--Brooks's murderers punished and compensation paid--The request to suppress the Boxer and Big Sword societies--The special Imperial audience regarding the succession to the Throne--The young Prince Yu-Chun elected heir--His tutors--Decree by the Emperor's own pen.
MEANWHILE Boxer disturbances spread in the neighbouring province of Chili, and Christian converts were being persecuted by them in such a cruel manner that his Excellency the British Minister paid "a personal visit to the Viceroy at Tientsin," which visit, in his own estimation and words, he "believed would put a stop to a state of affairs which, if allowed to continue, would lead to the gravest results."
The same petty excuses, the same promises for future punishment of evil-doers, again satisfied the Minister, who writes (January 19) that "the Viceroy is very earnest in his desire to restore order and punish the evil-doers."
As regards the spread of the Boxer movement in the Chili province, he seems to discover that "the state of affairs is improving, and the local officials are acting with commendable energy."
What did other foreign Governments do in the meantime? The German Minister was allowed the use of the