Yuan Shu bade his soldiers scatter and seek out all
the families of the eunuchs, sparing none.
In that slaughter many beardless men were killed in error.
Cao Cao set himself to extinguish the fires.
He then begged Empress He to undertake the
direction of affairs, and soldiers were sent to
pursue Zhang Rang and rescue the young
Emperor and the young Prince of Chenliu.
Meanwhile, Zhang Rang and Duan Gui had
hustled away the Emperor and the Prince.
They burst through the smoke and fire and traveled
without stopping till they reached the Beimang Hills.
It was then the third watch. They heard a
GREat shouting behind them and saw soldiers in
pursuit. Their leader, Min Gong, a commander in
Henan, was shouting, “Traitors, stop, stop！”
Zhang Rang, seeing that he was lost,
jumped into the river, where he was drowned.
the two boys ignorant of the meaning of all
this confusion and terrified out of their senses,
dared not utter a cry. They crept in among the rank
grass on the river bank and hid.
The soldiers scattered in all directions but f
ailed to find them. So they remained till the
fourth watch, shivering with cold from the
drenching dew and very hungry.
They lay down in the thick grass and
wept in each other’s arms, silently,
lest anyone should discover them.
“This is no a place to stay in,”
said Prince Xian. “We must find some way out.”
So the two children knotted their clothes
together and managed to crawl up the bank.
They were in a thicket of thorn bushes, and it was
quite dark. They could not see any path. They were
in despair when, all at once, millions
of fireflies sprang up all about them and circled
in the air in front of the Emperor.
“God is helping us,” said Prince Xian.
they followed whither the fireflies
led and gradually got into a road. They walked
till their feet were too sore to go further,
when, seeing a heap of straw near the road,
they crept to it and lay down.
This heap of straw was close to a farm house.
In the night, as the farmer was sleeping, he saw
in a vision two bright red suns drop behind his
dwelling. Alarmed by the portent, he hastily