The Death of an Empress

See also: A Modest Proposal for China The Hermit of Peking Either a Mandarin Munchausen or a unique witness to history, Sir Edmund Backhouse, in his memoirs, claimed to have not only been the lover of the Dowager Empress but to have had unique access to the details of her murder and that of the Emperor Guangxu. Here is an excerpt from the long-forgotten autobiography, Decadence Mandchoue, now being published in English and Chinese by Hong Kong New Century Press and Earnshaw Book, describing their deaths. The book is the subject of a presentation at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong on April 6.

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