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Sivu 176 - Assuredly it is not foreign intercourse that is ruining China, but this dreadful poison. Oh, the grief and desolation it has wrought to our people! A hundred years ago the curse came upon us more blasting and deadly in its effects than the great Flood, or the scourge of the Fierce Beasts, for the waters assuaged after nine years, and the ravages of the man-eaters were confined to one place. Opium has I spread with frightful rapidity and heartrending results through the provinces.
Sivu 176 - Opium has spread with frightful rapidity and heart-rending results through the provinces. Millions upon millions have been struck down by the plague. To-day it is running like wildfire. In its swift, deadly course it is spreading devastation everywhere, wrecking the minds and eating away the strength and wealth of its victims. The ruin of the mind is the most woful of its many deleterious effects.
Sivu 114 - During the last few years the restitution of chapels in every province has been insisted upon without any regard for the feeling of the masses, the missionaries obstinately persisting in their claims. They have also pointed out fine, handsome buildings (belonging to, or occupied by, the gentry or others) as buildings once used as churches ; and these they have compelled the people to give up. But what is worst, and what wounds the dignity of the people, is that they often claim as their property...
Sivu 223 - Western nations, and have declared that they are also "prepared to relinquish extra-territorial rights when satisfied that the state of the Chinese laws, the arrangements for their administration, and other considerations warrant...
Sivu 86 - ... foreigners whose religion they espoused. On July 3, 1862, by which time some seventeen thousand of their soldiers had been struck down by the Anglo-French force, and many others had been handed to the Imperialists for execution, General Staveley, in a despatch to the Secretary of State for War, said : — " Europeans continue to visit the rebel country for purposes of trade and are treated with civility. Large quantities of silk have been brought into Shanghai during the last fortnight, and trade...
Sivu 224 - ... they believe in right so firmly that they scorn to think it requires to be supported or enforced by might.
Sivu 69 - place every obstruction in the way of the capture of the town by the rebels." Meanwhile the British Cabinet in London and the British Minister in Peking clung to their often-professed policy of neutrality. Sir Frederick Bruce, five months prior to the commencement of this forcing process by the...
Sivu 262 - T,e, a contemporary of Confucius, stands next to that philosopher in fame and importance. He is popularly regarded as the founder of the Taoist sect, and he is one of the three images in the Taoist Trinity. Naturalism is the essence of Lao Tse's doctrines. He taught men to return good for evil and to look forward to a higher life. But it is upon the strange and wonderful doctrine of Inaction that his chief claim to immortality is founded. " Do nothing and all things will be done
Sivu 176 - Take away your opium and your missionaries, and you will be welcome." At about the same time, Wensiang said to him—" Do away with your extraterritoriality clause, and merchant and missionary may settle anywhere and everywhere; but retain it, and we must do our best to confine you and our trouble to the treaty ports.
Sivu 67 - So soon as peace shall have been restored, British vessels shall also be admitted to trade at such ports as far as Han-kow, not exceeding three in number, as the British Minister, after consultation with the Chinese Secretary of State, may determine shall be ports of entry and discharge.

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