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    Chapter 26

    During the war against the Peaceful Army, Qing government had established a riverine division on the Yangtze River. It had been placed under the command of Elder Zeng. A general was in the direct charge of the division, which consisted of several battalions with an officer as the head of a battalion. The discipline of the division was worse than everyone could imagine. The division soldiers would take off their uniforms and put on plain clothes and robbed the merchant's ships on the Yangtze River of their goods and other valuables. When Elder Zeng had been alive, West Empress Dowager and Yixin had tolerated the conduct of the division because of Elder Zeng. Now Elder Zeng died and many critique reports came to complain about the terrible discipline of the division, which demanded the attention of West Empress Dowager. She then appointed Deputy Minister Peng of Military Ministry as a Royal Representative to investigate the case. A Royal Representative acted on behalf of the emperor and could execute any corrupted officials and officers in emergencies before he reported to the emperor. The ordinary procedures were that the execution of an official or officer must be reported to the emperor and must wait to be approved by the emperor unless in the army during the wartime when a commander could do so without reporting first.
    Royal Representative Peng set out for the Yangtze River area. He was disguised as a countryside squire. He did look like one without his official uniform on, because he was a frugal man and never wore anything in silk or brocade or satin. He started from the upper Yangtze River, then downstream. Everywhere all along the Yangtze River, where there were the division's ships at anchor, he heard or even saw with his own eyes that the division soldiers bullied people and took things from people, even their daughters and sisters.

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    Chapter 26

    During the war against the Peaceful Army, Qing government had established a riverine division on the Yangtze River. It had been placed under the command of Elder Zeng. A general was in the direct charge of the division, which consisted of several battalions with an officer as the head of a battalion. The discipline of the division was worse than everyone could imagine. The division soldiers would take off their uniforms and put on plain clothes and robbed the merchant's ships on the Yangtze River of their goods and other valuables. When Elder Zeng had been alive, West Empress Dowager and Yixin had tolerated the conduct of the division because of Elder Zeng. Now Elder Zeng died and many critique reports came to complain about the terrible discipline of the division, which demanded the attention of West Empress Dowager. She then appointed Deputy Minister Peng of Military Ministry as a Royal Representative to investigate the case. A Royal Representative acted on behalf of the emperor and could execute any corrupted officials and officers in emergencies before he reported to the emperor. The ordinary procedures were that the execution of an official or officer must be reported to the emperor and must wait to be approved by the emperor unless in the army during the wartime when a commander could do so without reporting first.
    Royal Representative Peng set out for the Yangtze River area. He was disguised as a countryside squire. He did look like one without his official uniform on, because he was a frugal man and never wore anything in silk or brocade or satin. He started from the upper Yangtze River, then downstream. Everywhere all along the Yangtze River, where there were the division's ships at anchor, he heard or even saw with his own eyes that the division soldiers bullied people and took things from people, even their daughters and sisters.


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    Peng went to inspect a battalion and asked the officer how he drilled his men. The officer answered with due reference, “Reply to Your Excellency, the Royal Representative, your humble servant train them how to practice archery.” Peng was surprised to hear that. When every warship was equipped with cannons, the officer still trained his men in archery. What's the use of that? He removed the officer from his post.
    One day, he entered Zhejiang Province and anchored near Jiaxing Town, which was at the Grand Canal. He got on the shore, ensued by his page. He sauntered on the country road, enjoying the scenery on the Grand Canal. There were weeping willow trees on either bank and distant sails against the blue sky. On the road a boy rode on the back of a buffalo, blowing a fife. Royal Representative Peng entered the town by the north gate. He felt hungry and went into a waterfront restaurant. He found an empty table near the window and sat down. Two division soldiers came in and sat at the next table. While eating, Peng noticed that the two soldiers, when they finished a dish, cast the dish out of the window into the water below, because the restaurant counted the dishes served and charged the customer by the count. The two soldiers had no dishes on their table now. They didn't need to pay. Peng left the restaurant after he paid for his lunch. When he was strolling in the street, he saw a big house and went in. It was an entertainment house. Someone would tell stories there. In the back there was a dais, on which stood a table and a chair behind it. The story-teller was supposed to sit there, narrating the story. The rest of the space was occupied by tables and benches. Listeners would sit there. The entertainment house would sell tea and snacks to the listeners. Generally the story-teller would recount an interesting novel in serials such as the Three Kingdoms. He would change his voice to suit the characters of the novel. He could even imitate a female voice. Often at a very intriquing point of the story, he would say, “Time's up today. If my respected listeners want to know how the story will go on, please come early tomorrow.”

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    Peng went to inspect a battalion and asked the officer how he drilled his men. The officer answered with due reference, “Reply to Your Excellency, the Royal Representative, your humble servant train them how to practice archery.” Peng was surprised to hear that. When every warship was equipped with cannons, the officer still trained his men in archery. What's the use of that? He removed the officer from his post.
    One day, he entered Zhejiang Province and anchored near Jiaxing Town, which was at the Grand Canal. He got on the shore, ensued by his page. He sauntered on the country road, enjoying the scenery on the Grand Canal. There were weeping willow trees on either bank and distant sails against the blue sky. On the road a boy rode on the back of a buffalo, blowing a fife. Royal Representative Peng entered the town by the north gate. He felt hungry and went into a waterfront restaurant. He found an empty table near the window and sat down. Two division soldiers came in and sat at the next table. While eating, Peng noticed that the two soldiers, when they finished a dish, cast the dish out of the window into the water below, because the restaurant counted the dishes served and charged the customer by the count. The two soldiers had no dishes on their table now. They didn't need to pay. Peng left the restaurant after he paid for his lunch. When he was strolling in the street, he saw a big house and went in. It was an entertainment house. Someone would tell stories there. In the back there was a dais, on which stood a table and a chair behind it. The story-teller was supposed to sit there, narrating the story. The rest of the space was occupied by tables and benches. Listeners would sit there. The entertainment house would sell tea and snacks to the listeners. Generally the story-teller would recount an interesting novel in serials such as the Three Kingdoms. He would change his voice to suit the characters of the novel. He could even imitate a female voice. Often at a very intriquing point of the story, he would say, “Time's up today. If my respected listeners want to know how the story will go on, please come early tomorrow.”

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