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Peking Dust   By: (1873-1961)

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PEKING DUST

[Illustration: Loading coolies at Wei Hei Wei]

PEKING DUST

BY

ELLEN N. LAMOTTE Author of "The Backwash of War"

ILLUSTRATED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS

[Illustration]

NEW YORK THE CENTURY CO. 1919

Copyright, 1919, by The Century Co.

Published, May, 1919

INTRODUCTION

Two classes of books are written about China by two classes of people. There are books written by people who have spent the night in China, as it were, superficial and amusing, full of the tinkling of temple bells; and there are other books written by people who have spent years in China and who know it well, ponderous books, full of absolute information, heavy and unreadable. Books of the first class get one nowhere. They are delightful and entertaining, but one feels their irresponsible authorship. Books of the second class get one nowhere, for one cannot read them; they are too didactic and dull. The only people who might read them do not read them, for they also are possessed of deep, fundamental knowledge of China, and their views agree in no slightest particular with the views set forth by the learned scholars and theorists.

This book falls into neither of these two classes, except perhaps in the irresponsibility of its author. It is compounded of gossip, the flying gossip or dust of Peking. Take it lightly; blow off such dust as may happen to stick to you. For authentic information turn to the heavy volumes written by the acknowledged students of international politics.

ELLEN N. LA MOTTE.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT

The writer wishes to thank the following friends who have been kind enough to lend the photographs used in the illustrations: Warren R. Austin, F. C. Hitchcock, Margaret Frieder, T. Severin and Rachel Snow.

CONTENTS

PART I

LETTERS WRITTEN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER, 1916

CHAPTER PAGE

I POOR OLD CHINA 3

II PEKING 13

III CIVILIZATION 24

IV RACE ANTAGONISMS 29

V SPHERES OF INFLUENCE 39

VI ON THE SACREDNESS OF FOREIGNERS 50

VII DONKEYS GENERALLY 61

VIII ADVISERS AND ADVICE 71

IX CHINESE HOUSES 77

X HOW IT'S DONE IN CHINA 86

XI THE LAO HSI KAI OUTRAGE 94

XII THE LAO HSI KAI AFFAIR 101

XIII THE LAO HSI KAI "INCIDENT" 108

PART II

LETTERS WRITTEN FEBRUARY AND MARCH, 1917

I THE RETURN TO PEKING 115

II THE OPIUM SCANDAL 124

III THE WALRUS AND THE CARPENTER 132

IV CHINA'S COURSE CLEAR 139

V FEAR OF THE PLUNGE 145

VI A DUST STORM 150

VII A BOWL OF PORRIDGE 164

VIII FROM A SCRAP BOOK 172

IX THE GERMAN REPLY 182

X DUST AND GOSSIP 189

XI DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS BROKEN 198

XII WALKING ON THE WALL 202

XIII MEETING THE PRESIDENT OF CHINA 208

XIV GREAT BRITAIN'S TWELVE DEMANDS 220

XV CONCLUSION 229

APPENDIXES 231

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

Loading coolies at Wei Hei Wei Frontispiece

FACING PAGE Map 3

Coolies 20

Camel caravan, Peking 21

Peking cart 32

Fruit stall in the bazaar 33

Entrance gate to compound of Chinese house 84

Compound of Chinese house 85

Chinese funeral 120

Chinese funeral 121

Vice President Feng Kuo Chang 128

View of Peking 129

Village outside walls of Peking 204

Fortune teller 205

President Li Yuan Hung 216

Entrance to Winter Palace 217

PART I

[Illustration: Sketch Map of China Showing Spheres of Influence]

PEKING DUST

I

POOR OLD CHINA

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