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The Princess of the Purple Palace

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Published: 1901
Language: English
Wordcount: 39,685 / 114 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 74.5
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 713
Added to site: 2008.11.20 22676

This may sound like the name of a fairy-tale, but it isn't. It deals with such a recent reality as the Siege of Pekin during the Boxer uprising. With an ever increasing momentum of interest, it relates the thrilling incidents in which two American lads participate in their attempts to rescue a Chinese princess. It is written especially to please boys and girls, but will be found of interest to older readers.

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legation, do you?" he added.

"No, but that's where I'm bound for now," said Alec. "I have a letter for the American minister," feeling to make sure that the precious missive was safe. "It is from my father, who is military instructor to the viceroy of Shan Se."

"And my father," replied Alec's new acquaintance, "is one of Mr. Conger s secretaries. We've only been over here six months. Do you know Washington --that's where we lived?"

"Never been there," said Alec. "But we mustn't stand here any longer, or we may stop living altogether. It's not a healthy neighborhood for us."

They left the shelter of the temple and were soon mingling with the crowd at the lofty Chien Men gate, which had been kept open, for the arrival of the troops, beyond the usual hour.

They passed through into the Tartar city, and with lessened anxiety, reassured by an occasional glimpse of a foreign soldier, they made their way toward the legation quarter.

"We're all right now," said Alec. "I'm sur

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 1 from 1 reviews: *
Leah A. Zeldes

A rather bloodthirsty adventure follows two young Americans through China's Boxer Rebellion, with loads of sword and gun-fighting, but little historical detail.

Some passages are clearly out of order, and for some reason the transcriber chose to mark and leave them that way instead of making corrections. That makes it even more of a waste of time than it was already.



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