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Title: The Long White Mountain : or, A journey in Manchuria; with some account of the history, people, administration and religion of that country

Year: 1888 (1880s)

Authors: James, H. Evan M. (Henry Evan Murchison), Sir, 1846-1923


Publisher: London : Longmans

Contributing Library: Robarts - University of Toronto

Digitizing Sponsor: University of Toronto

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d suicide, and thecapital of the province fell into the power of the invaders.On this occasion Nurhachu made all the inhabitantswho were well disposed to him shave their foreheadsand adopt, the Manchu queue. This was to preventdisloyal Chinese who joined his standard from beingmistaken by his own men for the enemy, and also toput a mark on them if they happened to return to theircountrymen. That such a precaution should have beennecessary is evidence of the strong family likeness whichboth Chinese and Manchus recognise in each other.All the country lying between Fu-shun and the Liaowas annexed, together with the capital, which Nurhachuspeedily converted into his own metropolis. The Chinese took vigorous measures to reconquertheir lost territory. Ting Pi was given command again,but a colleague was associated with him, who refusedto take advice, and frittered away the troops at theirdisposal in small detachments; and he was hampered byobstacles which intriguers at Peking put in his way.

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HISTORY 39 The result was that lie was unable to repel Nurhaelm,who soon made a further advance, crossing the Liao,and ravaging all the country west of that river almostup to the Great Wall. Ting Pi and his colleague wererecalled and executed. A valiant officer named ChungWan, however, garrisoned Ning-yuan, a fortified townsituated about seventy miles from the Great Wall. Itformed the first line of defence to Shan-hai-kuan,itself a strategical place of the utmost importance,situated at the end of the Great Wall; being, in fact,the one practicable pass through the Wall, or, rather,through the mountains along the crest of which theGreat Wall is built, and which separate Manchuriafrom the province of Chihli, in which Peking is situated.Nurhachu not only failed to take Ning-yuan, but foundit necessary to retire once more behind the Liao, andhe did not advance beyond it during the last live yearsof his life. History is silent as to the reason for this,but it was probably due to Chung Wan p

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