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Family Notices






CHINA'S HUMILIATION, SOMEBODY, as we know, was found to pkee flowers on the grave of Nero, who competes very strongly with Nana Sahibj and a few others for the title of the worst of men, and it is possible that some people may be found to sympathise with China, which has proved itself to be one of the most hopeless of natious. And yet there is small room for our pity, seeing that China has had numerous opportunities of reform, but has adhered strictly to its policy of learning nothing and forgetting nothing. Nemesis, which has long been at its heels, has now overtaken it, AND the Government at length finds itself face to face with a combination of Powers which is too strong to be resisted, and too resolute to be put off with the old excuses. The terms offered to Chin's, are by no me-ns lenient, and they appear particularly hard to a free people like ourselves who would rather fight to the last mau, than submit to such bumila- tion. L'ke some protests which enter into our history, taey begin with u recital of grievances, and certainly the list is about as black as it could be, embracing crimes which are described as 'unprecedented in the history of mankind, crimes against the law of nations, humanity, and civilisation.' They include one offence which is about the worst that any State can t e guilty of, viz., the murder of the German Ambassa- dor, and in addition, the assassination of the Japanese Chancellor. By the ancient la?? of Rome, the persons of ambassadors were regarded as res sanctae, the punish- ment being capital for doing them wrong, and all modern nations have concurred in treating as a heinous offence, any outrage against their persons or propart^. For the German Minister, ceremonious apolo- gies are demanded, but there can be no doubt that this crime was constantly in the minds of the Ministers, and had its bearing upon the more tangible penalties, which in elude the i, fliction of the most severe punishment upon certain persons indicated in the Note, and thereafter to be designa- ted. An 'equitable indemnity' is required to be paid to States, societies, and indivi- duals, and the other clauses include the destruction of the Ta-ku forts, and those between Peking and the sea. With a keen appreciation of the slippery character of Chinese diplomacy, the Minis- ters insist that the financial measures for paying the indemnity shall be acceptable to the Powers, and, other pe alties being im posed, it is provided that until China con forms to the conditions, the foreign troops will continue to occupy Pekin and the pro- vinces. The position of China, is certainly a most unfortunate one. It has been re- girded by the Powers as carrying all the responsibilities of a civilised State, and yet it is not a civilised State The Powers may take, as they have taken, precautions against the repetition of some of the most serious crimes, but before many years have passed, they will be faced by the commis- sion of others It may be that these fresh offe"ces will not be so grave from the point of view of the law of natioas, because China has had a severe lesson in that res- pect, but it is almost certain that they will be quite as iniqnitouslj opposed to the laws of humanity. How many of these tumults China will survive, remains to be sean, but there must be an end some day to these temporary measures, and then China, as a nation, will cease to exist. On the other hand, it is quite possible that the Chinese are now lying low and biding their time. They may learn war, and then what is to stop their over-running Asia, and as much of Europe as they may want ?


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