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Tuesday, Jan. 2, 1912
China's child emperor, empress flee
ST. PETERSBURG, Jan. 2, 1912 (UP) - The dowager empress and Pu Yi, the seven-year-old emperor of China, disguised, are fleeing toward Zhikhe on the Mongolian frontier, according to dispatches from Peking today. It is believed they intend to place themselves under Russian protection.
All of the imperial troops at Lan Chow, capital of the province of Kang Su, joined the republicans today. The soldiers are under the command of Wang Wei Tze, a deputy of Yuan Shi Kai, and they announced that they will begin a march toward Peking tomorrow.
News from the capital today is that the Manchus are preparing for their last stand. They are said to have made elaborate preparations for a massacre to begin with the first warning that the republicans are marching toward Peking.
Tang Shao Wi, chief representative of Premier Yuan Shi Kai at the peace conference, received notice from the premier today that his resignation had been accepted. Tang has become enthusiastic over the republican idea and it would occasion no surprise should he offer his services to President Sun Yat Sen. A dispatch from Peking this afternoon stated that Yuan Shi Kai has obtained a large amount of money from wealthy Manchus with which to continue the struggle.
Another Peking dispatch says Yuan is on the verge of distraction with his failure to cope with the revolutionists and the fear that he will be poisoned. The premier refuses to eat food that is not prepared by members of his immediate family. The members of the royal family already look upon him as a traitor, and it is believed he is in as much danger from Manchus as from revolutionists.
Republicans propose to change the calendar so the first day of the year in China will fall on the New Year day adopted by the majority of other countries.
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