National Geographic : 1900 Jul
THE CHINESE "BOXERS" ing more than a temporary yielding to foreign demands while wait ing for the proper moment for the present outbreak. The anti-foreign outbreak has grown from what at first seemed but a plundering attack upon a few poor Chinese Christians in north western Shan-tung to proportions which necessitate international action and which threaten the very existence of foreigners and of foreign interests in China. It will not prove sufficient to quiet Pekin. With diplomatic relations restored, the Empress can, by re taining in the Foreign Office the anti-foreign ministers, wage a war fare of extermination on business and missionary interests through out the provinces. The provincial officials would but carry out the secret edicts, while a corresponding series of pro-foreign edicts would tie the hands of consuls and foreign ministers. I concur in the ideas expressed by Weng Tung Ho, tutor of the Emperor Kwang Hsu, and see but little hope of a satisfactory set tlement of the present most deplorable situation outside some ar rangement similar to that suggested. Weng says: " His Majesty is convinced, through amply trustworthy sources, that the loyal sup port of many scores of millions of Chinese will be accorded to his proposals for putting an end to the state of anarchy brought about by the action of the Empress Tsi An. "The government of China, being virtually non-existent, the Em peror proposes that the foreign powers, whose troops dominate the capital, shall remove his imperial person from the palace in which His Majesty is confined a prisoner, shall declare Empress Tsi An and her present ministers to be usurpers, and shall bring Emperor Kwang Hsu to Nanking, Wuchang, or Shanghai, whichever the said foreign powers deem to be the most suitable situation for the new capital of the Chinese Empire under the new conditions. It is proposed by His Majesty and his advisers that the foreign powers should declare a joint protectorate and undertake the task of governing the country through His Majesty. " China is ripe for the change of tide which the reactionaries vainly seek to stem. If it should be, on the other hand, that the foreign powers seriously contemplate the dismemberment of the Chinese Em pire, they have before them the huge task of facing dense millions, who, although lacking training and making but contemptible sol diers, possess boundless powers of passive resistance, and would be able to wear out the patience of any European rulers seeking to govern them without regard to their prejudices."