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THE OATH OF YUAN-SHI-KAI
am anxious to have particulars. I hope it was not a bomb, for that would be a bad beginning.
Speaking of attempts, but of quite another nature, I have latterly met at the hotel young Wang-Tchao-Ming, now an official, who up till last October was imprisoned for having, in February 1910, attempted to take the life of the Regent of China, or rather for having attempted to attempt, because the infernal machine was discovered before the Regent passed.
He owes his life only to the great friends he had at the Home Office. He is now in the suite of Tang-Shao-Yi, the Prime Minister to be.
Tang-Shao-Yi also lives at the hotel, and I have spoken to him several times. He is a great admirer of Italy, from which, he says, China can learn much. He also has a great reverence for our king, whom he considers the most enlightened monarch of our times.
Quite a different type is Li, the son of the famous Li-Hung-Chang. He seems apathetic and drags himself from one arm-chair to the other. He one day said to me : aIf my father were alive these things would never have happened.a From this I argued he cannot be very tender towards the Republic.
He still wears the Chinese costume, together with the queue, whilst the others have a special weakness for the frock-coat.
I embrace you most affectionately, together with dear sister,