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    Chapter 33

    Since the treaty between Russia and China was signed, Yili town would soon be returned to Qing government. The secretaries were considering who would be the most suitable candidate to take over the town and guard it. General Governor Zuo recommended General Zhang, who was already in Xinjiang Province. The report of recommendation from General Governor Zuo said that that General Zhang was the most appropriate person for the post. His bio was attached.
    General Zhang was born in Zhejiang Province. He was often seen in casinos for a living when young. Once an elder relative scolded him for his idleness and even boxed his ears in public. He felt humiliated and left home. He went to Henan Province and found his uncle-in-law, who was the mayor of Gushi Town. So he lived in the mayor's yamen and had some pocket money, too. He had never been educated and was illiterate, though he was tall and good-looking, with a strong build. His relative, the mayor, despised him and didn't deign to give him any work. He idled away his time. He had a cousin, the daughter of the mayor, who was nicknamed a lady-scholar. The cousins had never seen each other. At that time Henan Province was one of the areas where the Nian Army moved about.
    One day, a horrible piece of news spread that the Nian Army would come to attack the town. A small town didn't have an army for its own defense. The few policemen to enforce law and order could not be considered as a defensive force because they never had any experience to fight on the battlefield. People were in a panic. The mayor could not but put up a notice to recruit young men. Three hundred young people came to register, but none among them were capable enough to be the leader. So the mayor put up another notice that whoever could lead those three hundred young men to trounce the Nian Army would marry his daughter. But no one dared to take the leadership, because the Nian Army outnumbered them tenfold, twentyfold or even hundredfold. Someone joked with Zhang that he should try. This encouraged him. So he tore down the notice and went to see the mayor, his uncle-in-law, suggesting that three hundred people were not sufficient to safeguard the town and the best strategy was to ambush the Nian Army. It sounded reasonable and feasible. The mayor agreed to it. Zhang led the young men out of the town and laid the ambush where the Nian Army would pass. All the gates of the town were closed. Other people stood behind the battlements. They planned to beat the drums and wave the banners when the combat began, making it look like more armed people would come out of the town to join the battle.

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    Chapter 33

    Since the treaty between Russia and China was signed, Yili town would soon be returned to Qing government. The secretaries were considering who would be the most suitable candidate to take over the town and guard it. General Governor Zuo recommended General Zhang, who was already in Xinjiang Province. The report of recommendation from General Governor Zuo said that that General Zhang was the most appropriate person for the post. His bio was attached.
    General Zhang was born in Zhejiang Province. He was often seen in casinos for a living when young. Once an elder relative scolded him for his idleness and even boxed his ears in public. He felt humiliated and left home. He went to Henan Province and found his uncle-in-law, who was the mayor of Gushi Town. So he lived in the mayor's yamen and had some pocket money, too. He had never been educated and was illiterate, though he was tall and good-looking, with a strong build. His relative, the mayor, despised him and didn't deign to give him any work. He idled away his time. He had a cousin, the daughter of the mayor, who was nicknamed a lady-scholar. The cousins had never seen each other. At that time Henan Province was one of the areas where the Nian Army moved about.
    One day, a horrible piece of news spread that the Nian Army would come to attack the town. A small town didn't have an army for its own defense. The few policemen to enforce law and order could not be considered as a defensive force because they never had any experience to fight on the battlefield. People were in a panic. The mayor could not but put up a notice to recruit young men. Three hundred young people came to register, but none among them were capable enough to be the leader. So the mayor put up another notice that whoever could lead those three hundred young men to trounce the Nian Army would marry his daughter. But no one dared to take the leadership, because the Nian Army outnumbered them tenfold, twentyfold or even hundredfold. Someone joked with Zhang that he should try. This encouraged him. So he tore down the notice and went to see the mayor, his uncle-in-law, suggesting that three hundred people were not sufficient to safeguard the town and the best strategy was to ambush the Nian Army. It sounded reasonable and feasible. The mayor agreed to it. Zhang led the young men out of the town and laid the ambush where the Nian Army would pass. All the gates of the town were closed. Other people stood behind the battlements. They planned to beat the drums and wave the banners when the combat began, making it look like more armed people would come out of the town to join the battle.

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    The Nian Army reached the town at night. They camped outside the town, intending to siege it next day. They thought that it was an easy job to take over such a small town. But at midnight, Zhang and his three hundred young fighters assaulted the camp of the Nian Army, who was surprised and panicked. The Nian Army didn't even know the number of the attackers. They only heard the cries of war everywhere and drums beating on the town walls and saw banners being brandished in the wind. The coincidence was that just at the time when the battle was in the hottest, a detachment of the government army came to the rescue and the Nian Army fled. So Zhang was conferred a title and married his beautiful and talented cousin. Then he was made the mayor of that town. No one knew that he could not read and write, because his wife read all the documents and wrote all the reports for him. He was gradually promoted to be the Financial Official of Henan Province. But his illiteracy came out at last in the open. Critique Official Liu revealed the fact to West Empress Dowager in his report. There was a rule that illiterate people could not be officials, but they could be made officers. So he became a general. General Zhang was ashamed of his illiteracy and asked his wife to tutor him. After a few years, he was no longer illiterate. He was happy and proud of himself. When he learned that Critique Official Liu had committed some serious offenses, had been deprived of his title, no title and no post of course, and lived now in destitution, he wrote a letter to him with a silver note of one thousand taels enclosed. But he used a seal on the letter, bearing the word ILLITERATE. The empress dowagers were delighted to hear the story and made him in charge of Yili Town.

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    There were more policemen in Henan Province than in any other provinces, because there were more robbers and thieves in Henan Province. There had been a drought there and people were starving. Who is willing to be starved to death? Disasters, whether natural or not, always engender outlaws. But something more amazing was that some policemen had two personalities They were policemen in uniforms in the daytime and robbers or thieves in plain clothes at night. So these cases could never be solved. Only they never did such things in their own jurisdiction.
    Once a rich merchant was robbed on the way home and he reported it to the yamen of the town where he lived. As a matter of course, the case had no outcome. The merchant hired someone to privately investigate for him. As a result, the chief suspect was a policeman called Hu, who lived in Zhenping Town, quite a distance away. The merchant filed a lawsuit against Policeman Hu in the governor's yamen. The governor told the Judicial Official to detain Policeman Hu. So an order of arrest came into the hands of the mayor of Zhenping Town. Mayor Ma was a scholar, having passed three government tests, but he was a bookworm, hardly knew how to try a case. In fact, few mayors were familiar with law. So every yamen had some advisers like financial adviser and judicial adviser.

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    There were more policemen in Henan Province than in any other provinces, because there were more robbers and thieves in Henan Province. There had been a drought there and people were starving. Who is willing to be starved to death? Disasters, whether natural or not, always engender outlaws. But something more amazing was that some policemen had two personalities They were policemen in uniforms in the daytime and robbers or thieves in plain clothes at night. So these cases could never be solved. Only they never did such things in their own jurisdiction.
    Once a rich merchant was robbed on the way home and he reported it to the yamen of the town where he lived. As a matter of course, the case had no outcome. The merchant hired someone to privately investigate for him. As a result, the chief suspect was a policeman called Hu, who lived in Zhenping Town, quite a distance away. The merchant filed a lawsuit against Policeman Hu in the governor's yamen. The governor told the Judicial Official to detain Policeman Hu. So an order of arrest came into the hands of the mayor of Zhenping Town. Mayor Ma was a scholar, having passed three government tests, but he was a bookworm, hardly knew how to try a case. In fact, few mayors were familiar with law. So every yamen had some advisers like financial adviser and judicial adviser.

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