The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Court Life in China by Isaac Taylor Headland:|
Mu Tsung I (Tung Chih) departed this life and the late Emperor
succeeded to the throne. The times became still harder and the
people in still greater straits, sorrow within and calamity
without, confusion and noise; I had no recourse but to give
instruction in government once more.
" 'The year before last the preparatory measures for the
institution of constitutional government were published. This
year the time limits for the measures preparatory to
constitutional government have been promulgated. Attending to
these myriad affairs the strength of my heart has been exhausted.
Fortunately my constitution was originally strong and up to the