CHINA: Impotence

A delay in freeing the captives— 14 foreigners and about 100 Chinese —held by the brigands near Tsao-Chuang, was due to several causes. The bandits are not so interested in the $2,000,000 ransom offered by the Peking Government. They take as a matter of course the immunity from punishment offered them. With money and freedom more or less assured, the bandits were in a position to make further demands, which they did. They desire supplies of firearms and ammunition, the right to govern Shantung, the withdrawal of all troops from that province. All...

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