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THE ADHERENCE OF YUAN-SHI-KAI
The country has hardly fixed the position of its new destiny ; all has to be reorganized amid the disorder which still exists after the ancient state of affairs. It is not IaYuanaweak and incapable, who can bear such a heavy burden on my shoulders. And yet it is really I whom your Assembly has elected unanimously.
I have never had any other aim than the happiness of the people and the interest of the country.
In the critical circumstances through which we are passing, the outcome of which will decide the life or death of our country, the citizens must remind each other of their duty.
Can I thenafor personal considerationsafrustrate the entire hopes of the nation ?
But, I repeat, the difficulties which I have mentioned, really exist; and because our rapports are based on a reciprocal frankness, I am doing my duty in insisting on this point.
As soon as the Ambassador Extraordinary of Nanking has arrived at the capital I shall arrange with him what has to be done, and without fail shall telegraph you again.
PRESIDENT YUAN-SHI-KAI TO SUN-YAT-SEN
Yuan-Shi-Kai then directed the following dispatch to Sun-Yat-Sen :
Pekin, 15ft February.
I hope you will have received the two telegrams which I had the honour of addressing you yesterday.
I have just received your last message, whieh has thrown me into confusion and anguish.