At the farm they had but one sorry nag and
上海龙凤 / 2018年10月7日

At the farm they had but one sorry nag and this they saddled for the Emperor. The young Prince was taken on Min Gong’s charger. And thus they left the farm. Not beyond one mile from the farm, they fell in with other officials and several hundred guards and soldiers made up an imposing cavalcade. In the cavalcade were Wang Yun, Minister of the Interior; Yang Biao, Grand Commander; Chunyu Qiong, Commander of the Left Army; Zhao Meng, Commander of the Right Army; Bao Xin, Commander of the Rear Army; and Yuan Shao, Commander of the Center Army. Tears were shed freely as the ministers met their Emperor. A man was sent on in front to the capital there to expose the head of Eunuch Duan Gui. As soon as they could, they placed the Emperor on a better steed and the young Prince had a horse to himself. Thus the Emperor returned to Luoyang, and so it happened after all as the street children’s ditty ran: [hip, hip, hip] Though the emperor doesn’t rule, though the prince no office fills, Yet a brilliant cavalcade comes along from Beimang Hills. [yip, yip, yip] the cavalcade had not proceeded far when…

Alarmed by the portent, he hastily dressed and went forth
上海楼凤 / 2018年10月7日

“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 dressed and went forth to look about him. Then he saw a bright light shooting up from a heap of straw. He hastened thither and then saw two youths lying behind it. “To what household do you belong, young gentlemen?” asked the farmer. the Emperor was too frightened to reply, but his companion said, “He is the Emperor. There was a revolution in the Forbidden City, and we ran away. I am his brother, Prince of Chenliu.” the farmer bowed again and again and said, “My name is Sui Lie. My brother Sui Yi is the former Minister of the Interior. My brother was disgusted with the behavior of the eunuchs and so resigned and hid away…

grass on the river bank and hid. The soldiers scattered
上海龙凤 / 2018年10月7日

He Miao looked around:     His enemies hemmed him in on every side. He was hacked to pieces. 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…

He Jin was panic stricken and looked about for a way to escape,
上海龙凤 / 2018年10月7日

He Jin was panic stricken and looked about for a way to escape, but all gates had been shut. the eunuchs closed him in, and then the assassins appeared and cut He Jin into halves. [hip, hip, hip] Closing the days of the Hans, and the years of their rule were near spent, Stupid and tactless was He Jin, yet stood he highest in office, Many were they who advised him, but he was deaf as he heard not, Wherefore fell he a victim under the swords of the eunuchs. [yip, yip, yip] So He Jin died. Yuan Shao and Cao Cao waited long. By and by, impatient at the delay, they called through the gate, “Thy carriage awaits, O General!” For reply the head of He Jin was flung over the wall. A decree was proclaimed: “He Jin has contemplated treachery and therefore has been slain! It pardons his adherents.” Yuan Shao shouted, “the eunuchs have slain the High Minister. Let those who will slay his wicked party come and help me!” then one of He Jin’s generals, Wu Kuang, set fire to the gate. Yuan Shu at the head of his guards burst in and fell to slaying…

“Go to the General and confess your faults,
上海龙凤 / 2018年10月7日

“Go to the General and confess your faults,” said the Empress. “If we did, then should we be cut to mincemeat! Rather summon the General into your presence and command him to cease. If he will not, then we pray but die in your presence.” Empress He issued the requisite command. He Jin was just going to her when Secretary Chen Lin advised him not to enter, saying, “the eunuchs are certainly behind the order and mean your harm.” But He Jin could only see the command of the Empress and was oblivious to all else. Said he, “Clearly, this is an edict from the Empress. What harm?” “Our plot is no longer a secret,” said Yuan Shao. “Still you may go if you are ready to fight your way in.” “Get the eunuchs out first!” said Cao Cao. “Silly children!” said He Jin. “What can they do against the man who holds the forces of the empire in his palm?” Yuan Shao said, “If you will go, then we will come as a guard, just as a precaution.” Whereupon both Yuan Shao and Cao Cao chose five hundred best men under their command, at whose head they placed Yuan…