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    After the death of Ronglu, Prince Yikuang was the head of the Secretarial Bureau. He was an avaricious man. He had six hundred thousand taels of silver that he wanted to deposit in a foreign bank. His son knew the manager of a British bank and they deposited the money in that bank. The manager and the son were both fond of women and often went to the brothels. The manager was generous with money and so was more welcomed by the whores than the son. The son was jealous of the manager and once he told his bodyguards to beat the manager.
    The manager wanted to avenge. He went to see a friend, whose title was a critique official. Next day, a report showed up before West Empress Dowager, stating that Prince Yikuang had six hundred thousand taels of silver deposited in a British bank and then asking why Prince Yikuang didn't deposit it in one of the money shops run by the government. West Empress Dowager thought that it was right and asked Prince Yikuang the reason why he didn't put the money in the money shops. Prince Yikuang had to disown that he had such an amount of money in a British bank, because it was all ill-gotten money that he didn't dare to let West Empress Dowager know. He begged West Empress Dowager to send someone to investigate, adding that if the investigation proved that he had the money, he was willing to donate it to the government. Of course West Empress Dowager sent a secretary of state to do the job. But the secretary could not surmount the obstacle of the private policy of the bank and he had to report the outcome to West Empress Dowager.
    Prince Yikuang wanted to withdraw the money out of the British bank and deposit it into another foreign bank lest the secret should be uncovered by West Empress Dowager. He sent for the manager, who said that he didn't need to transfer the money and a change of the name for the account was the right thing to do. So Prince Yikuang gave the manager the account book and his personal seal. Next day, the manager came bringing him a new account book and another seal with a new name on it. After six months when he needed some money and sent his butler to make a withdrawal, he was told that all his money was gone and the manager disappeared.
    The manager had used the account book and his personal seal to withdraw all his money and put into his own account and then he had given Prince Yikuang a new account book with no money in it. He had given the critique official one-third of the money he had promised. He had fled to Shanghai. When the son was told the bad news, he knew that it was the revenge for the beating he had given him. The beating cost six hundred thousand taels of silver, very expensive.

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    Chapter 47

    After the Sino-Japanese war, the Japanese army didn't retreat from the Chinese territory. They stayed in the northeastern part of China. There were three provinces in that part. Russia also had its army there. Russian army had entered that part during the riot of Yihetuan and had stayed there ever since. A war between Russia and Japan seemed inevitable.
    When at last Russia and Japan both declared war against each other, all other countries that had troops in China proclaimed that they would keep neutral. Japan notified Qing government that China should also keep neutral. It sounded ridiculous that they would fight on the land of China and wanted China to remain neutral. It was like two intruders fought in someone's house and the owner shouldn't say anything about it. But Qing government was too weak then to do anything to prevent the war that happened in its own territory. But strict neutralness was impossible. Japan had bribed Prince Yikuang and so the attitude of Qing government favored Japan. They allowed Japan to recruit the horse robbers there to fight Russia. Under the secret help of Qing government Japan defeated Russia in Liaodong Peninsular.
    Russia had a fleet in the harbor of Luda. Japan sank some ships at the mouth to block the escape of Russian fleet. There was a low hill at the other side of the harbor. If Japan could occupy the low hill Japan was able to wipe out the Russian fleet. So the combat was focused on the low hill. At last Japanese army took over the hill and controlled the situation. The Russian fleet had to surrender.
    The next battle centered around Liaoyang City. Russia gathered four hundred thousand strong and Japan had three hundred thousand. Their combat front line lasted hundreds of kilometers. A Japanese detachment went a roundabout way to the back of the Russian troops. When the Russian commander found it out, his troops were already surrounded. But to surround four hundred thousand strong with only three hundred thousand soldiers was not easy. So the Russian troops broke out of the encirclement. Both sides were weakened in that battle and they had to have an unproclaimed truce.

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    Chapter 47

    After the Sino-Japanese war, the Japanese army didn't retreat from the Chinese territory. They stayed in the northeastern part of China. There were three provinces in that part. Russia also had its army there. Russian army had entered that part during the riot of Yihetuan and had stayed there ever since. A war between Russia and Japan seemed inevitable.
    When at last Russia and Japan both declared war against each other, all other countries that had troops in China proclaimed that they would keep neutral. Japan notified Qing government that China should also keep neutral. It sounded ridiculous that they would fight on the land of China and wanted China to remain neutral. It was like two intruders fought in someone's house and the owner shouldn't say anything about it. But Qing government was too weak then to do anything to prevent the war that happened in its own territory. But strict neutralness was impossible. Japan had bribed Prince Yikuang and so the attitude of Qing government favored Japan. They allowed Japan to recruit the horse robbers there to fight Russia. Under the secret help of Qing government Japan defeated Russia in Liaodong Peninsular.
    Russia had a fleet in the harbor of Luda. Japan sank some ships at the mouth to block the escape of Russian fleet. There was a low hill at the other side of the harbor. If Japan could occupy the low hill Japan was able to wipe out the Russian fleet. So the combat was focused on the low hill. At last Japanese army took over the hill and controlled the situation. The Russian fleet had to surrender.
    The next battle centered around Liaoyang City. Russia gathered four hundred thousand strong and Japan had three hundred thousand. Their combat front line lasted hundreds of kilometers. A Japanese detachment went a roundabout way to the back of the Russian troops. When the Russian commander found it out, his troops were already surrounded. But to surround four hundred thousand strong with only three hundred thousand soldiers was not easy. So the Russian troops broke out of the encirclement. Both sides were weakened in that battle and they had to have an unproclaimed truce.

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