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d wall-pieces, honey-combed by the rust of a hundred years, made but a feeble response to Armstrong guns and rifled cannon. The Tartar, with his bow and his spear, went down before the Sikh with his long lance and his deadly revolver, In a word, the 20,000 English and French troops who fought on the Pel-Ho, carried everything before them, stormed all the forts, swept the enemy from the field, and laid the military power of China prostrate at their feet. What next? Lord Elgin can go to Peking whenever he thinks proper. He can dictate terms to the brother of the Sun and first cousin of the Moon, at his leisure, and they may be such terms as he may choose to prescribe. But when he shall have laid down the law to the Emperor and compelled him to subscribe his own humiliation, what guarantee has he that the agreement will be kept any longer than the allied army remains in the country? If we understand the status of China, its military and political condition is a thing entirely ap
d through the Times that our Minister had been carried in a cage to Peking — that after having submitted to any number of indignities he had saged in altogether a different way. Their Ambassadors were to enter Peking at the head of a Victorians army, and were to teach the Emperor wha that he is at Tien-tsin, that proposals have been sent to him from Peking, and that he is negotiating. Not a word about dictating peace in PPeking. The London Times is furious, and deals thus with Lord Elgin: "We confess ourselves to be utterly disappointed with the conduvertures for peace until the avenging army had reached the walls of Peking, and there to exact the most public apologies for the breach of faiHe had plenty of time for his work, for when Lord Macartney quitted Peking, in October the weather had only just begun to be pleasantly cool. im to give weight to his mission, and to impress upon the people of Peking his country's power? If Lord Elgin has really acted thus, he is as
The Daily Dispatch: January 23, 1861., [Electronic resource], Tortures of the French prisoners in China. (search)
ned the executioners. After having given the prisoner blows with their fists and the flat of their sabres, he was tied with cords, his legs bent up to his chest, the arms against his legs, and the hands and feet bound together, and wooden wedges driven between the flesh and the ropes. All the prisoners, treated in the same manner, were placed in carts, with points of nails sticking through them, and driven over rutty roads.--After traveling in this way for twenty-four hours they arrived at Pekin. They were conveyed for five hours in the streets, in the midst of an immense concourse of people, whose sanguinary rage could with difficulty be restrained; after which they were placed in the prisons of the city, separated from each other, and chained in a room amidst thieves, incendiaries, and murderers. M. d'escayrac remained in a cell until the Chinese became terrified by the victories of the Allies. According to information which he received, Colonel Grandchamps, Mm. Dubut and Ader,
Germany. It is said that the German Diet will refuse to recognize any representative from Sardinia, under the new Italian annexations to the Kingdom. The German army is said to be ready to meet any enemy. Austria. The Austrian Ministers have been ordered to put the new ordinance into effect immediately A provisional electoral law is to be adopted for Hungary. The Hungarian Diet assembles April 2d. The disquiet is increasing in Servia. China. The regular China mails had been telegraphed and would be due at London in time for the steamer Niagara. The terms of the treaty of peace provide, among other things, that all the important Chinese ports shall be opened, and inland foreign trade allowed. Chinese Ambassadors are to reside in England. Exchange rates had declined at Hong Kong 3-4 per cent. The Russian Ambassador at Pekin had ratified the convention confirming certain privileges on the Amoor, and extending commercial advantages.
nglish were placed hors du combat, and one thousand Tartars were killed, found in the forts. Among these was the General-in-Chief. The other forts surrendered successively the same evening. The capitulation gave the allies possession of the whole country as far as Tien-Sin and six hundred brass guns of large calibre. The Ambassadors were at Tien-Sin, where the Chinese Commissioners attended upon them to open negotiations. It was reported that the Ambassadors would soon proceed to Pekin with a cavalry escort. A Calcutta dispatch reports symptoms of disaffection in the sixth European regiment at Dinapore. Turkey. It is reported that the Turkish Government is about to negotiate a loan of £16,000,000 sterling at Paris. A national forced loan is also spoken of. Great financial fluctuations have been occurring at Constantinople. The India and China mails were received in time to be forwarded by the Canada. Commercial intelligence. Liverpool, Nov
mperor should be burned to the ground, as it was the spot where some of the cruelties towards the prisoners had been perpetrated. Proclamations were posted in Pekin informing the people of the measures that were to be taken, and the reasons for their adoption. The gardens, palaces, temples and pagodas occupied a space of ed exceeds £2,000,000, exclusive of the buildings. The Chinese were brought to terms on other points by proclamations from Sir Hope Grant, threatening to sack Pekin. On the day peace was signed, Lord Elgin and Sir Hope Grant entered Pekin, accompanied by an escort of six hundred men and one hundred officers of regiments. Pekin, accompanied by an escort of six hundred men and one hundred officers of regiments. Lord Elgin was carried in his State chair by the Chinese, dressed in scarlet. Sir Robert Napier's division lined the streets as Lord Elgin passed, and followed at intervals, taking up a strategical position in case of treachery. His lordship was received by Prince Kung. Lord Elgin's manner was stern and calm. He motioned Kung t
Interesting from China. ratification of the treaty in Pekin — funeral of the Murdered Allies — the burning of the Emperor's summer residence, &c., &c., &c. The America's mails give particulars of the ratification of the treaties between the Allies and Chinese, in the city of Pekin. An interesting description of the scene says: The ceremony took place in the hall of Ceremonies, in Pekin. At three P. M. the procession entered the Austin gate in the following order:--One hundred cavalry (detachments of King's Dragoon Guard, Prebyn's and Fane's Horse,) four hundred iour Allies, and the four British were buried in the Russian cemetery, outside the An-tin gate of Pekin, on the 17th. At noon the procession formed at the Liama Temple, and marched in the followthe open country south, with its groups of villages and trees, a tier of hills on the right, and Pekin away in the distance. The 19th of October was the great day of destruction, black masses of
issued, in consequence of recent disturbances, sanctioning the closing of the University of St. Petersburg, and ordering the dismissal of the professors and students. India. Calcutta, Dec. 3, 1861. --Cotton goods firm; twist unchanged. Indigo excited. Exchange 2s. d Rice and linseed high. Freights to London 60s. At Bombay cotton and cotton goods were materially advancing. The latest news. Pekin, via St. Petersburg, Nov. 18, 1861. --The Emperor has arrived at Pekin. Prince Kong has been appointed Regent. The Supreme Council, composed of members hostile to Europeans, is dissolved. On Shun, President of Finance Department, was publicly executed, and two other persons of high order were strangled by order of the Emperor. St. Petersburg, Jan. 5, 1862. --It is reported that Russia, at the commencement of the difficulty between the American States, employed all her influence in favor of peace, and has recently taken steps to the same end. The Russian
tands in need. These goods are generally sold at double and often triple the current prices; yet they have the internal talent of persuading the unhappy Tartar that he is making an excellent bargain. Thus, when the victim returns to the 'Land of Grass' he is full of abuses about the irresistible generosity of the Chinese." One day M. Huc encountered an enormously fat traveller, with a jolly physiognomy, on his way to Tartary. The traveller said he was from a great commercial house in Pekin, and had been sent to collect debts from the Tartars. "You, I suppose," said he, addressing M. Huc and his companions, "are, like me, eaters of Tartars. " "Eaters of Tartars! What is the meaning of that?"--"Ah, we eat them by traffic. They are simple — why should we not profit by them to get a little money? For my part, if it was not for money, I would never set foot in Tartary. We merchants, we do, to be sure, gnaw them to the bone. We give them goods on credit, and then of course they
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