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The Daily Dispatch: January 30, 1861., [Electronic resource], The Chinese Emperor takes a Cool view of young America. (search)
The Chinese Emperor takes a Cool view of young America. --In the Summer Palace, near Pekin, Lord Elgin found an autograph of the fugitive Emperor of China, relating to the question of Mr. Ward, the American Minister. It seems that Mr. Ward offered to pay to his Celestial Majesty the same marks of respect as he would pay to his own President. The Emperor's memorandum runs thus: "It shows that in the manner of their presentation at court nothing more can be done to bring men to reason. Besides, these barbarians, by their averment that their respect for his Majesty the Emperor is the same as that they feel for their Pi-li-si-tien-tin, (President,) just place China on a par with the barbarians of the South and East, an arrogation of greatness which is simply ridiculous."