Dong Zhuo fled and Ding Yuan’s army came on.
The battle went in Ding Yuan’s favor,
and the beaten troops retired ten miles and made another camp.
Here Dong Zhuo called his officers to a council.
“You have a fine horse, Red Hare, one of the best ever bred.
I must have this steed, and gold and pearls to win his heart.
Then will I go and persuade him.
He will certainly abandon Ding Yuan’s service for yours.”
“What think you？” said Dong Zhuo to his adviser Li Ru.
“One cannot grudge a horse to win an empire,” was the reply.
So they gave Li Su what he demanded——a thousand ounces of gold,
ten strings of beautiful pearls, a jeweled belt,
and Red Hare——and these accompanied Li Su on his visit to his fellow villager.
Li Su reached the camp and said to the guard,
“Please tell General Lu Bu that a very old friend has come to visit him.”
He was admitted forthwith.
the bold Lu Zhi, but two other officials remonstrated.
“Minister Lu Zhi is the cynosure of the whole country,
and his violent death would stir the hearts of all people！”
said Court Counselors Cai Yong and Peng Bo.
Dong Zhuo then stayed his hand.
then said Wang Yun, “A GREat question like the
deposition and substitution of emperors is not
one to be decided after a wine party.
Let it be put off till another time.”
So the guests dispersed. Dong Zhuo stood at the gate
with drawn sword watching them depart. Standing thus,
Dong Zhuo noticed a spearman galloping to and fro on
a fiery steed and asked Li Ru who that was.
“That is Lu Bu, the adopted son of Ding Yuan.
You must keep out of his way, my lord.”
thousand-flower fighting robe, a pheasant-tailed helmet,
and breast plate, and round his waist was a gleaming jade
belt with a lion’s head clasp.
With spear set he rode close behind his master Ding Yuan.
Ding Yuan, riding forth, pointing his finger at Dong Zhuo,
began to revile him.
“Unhappy indeed was this state when the eunuchs
“But this is the banquet chamber,
and state affairs should be left outside.
The matters can be fully discussed tomorrow.”
His fellow guests persuaded Ding Yuan to leave,
and after his departure Dong Zhuo said,
“Is what I said just and reasonable？”
[e] Yi Yin was was helper and prime minister of King Tang,
the founder of Shang Dynasty. After King Tang’s death, Yi Yin
served his sons and grandson. Soon after Tai Jia,
King Tang’s grandson, ascended the throne, he committed many faults,
and Yi Yin, acting as regent, exiled Tai Jia to Tong Palace——the burial place of King
Tang. After three years Yi Yin returned him the throne.
Tai Jia eventually became an enlightened emperor.
Shang Dynasty lasted for 650 years （BC 1700-1050）。
It was this act of Yi Yin rather than his services
in building up an empire that has made him immortal.
Whether he did right in temporarily dethroning
declared unfit to rule and deposed him. Even though Huo Guang
contributed much to the empire’s stabilization,
after he died, he was distanced by the
emperor and most of his family
were executed for conspiracy charges. ……
“You are mistaken, Illustrious Sir,” said Lu Zhi.
“Of old Emperor Tai Jia of the Shang Dynasty was
unenlightened. Wherefore the sage Minister Yi Yin*
immured him in the Tong Palace till he reformed.
Later the Prince of Changyi ascended the throne,
and in twenty-seven days he committed more than
three thousand categorical faults. Wherefore Regent
Marshal Huo Guang* declared in the ancestral temple
that the Prince of Changyi was deposed. Our present
Emperor is young, but he is intelligent, benevolent,
and wise. He has not committed a single fault. You, Sir,
are an imperial protector of a frontier region and not a
metropolitan official and have had no experience in state
administration. Neither have you the
So the next day Dong Zhuo spread a feast and invited many
guests. As all the officers went in terror of him, no one
dared be absent. Dong Zhuo himself rode up to the garden
last of all and took his place with his sword girded on.
When the wine had gone round several times,
Dong Zhuo stopped the service and the music and began to speak.
“I have something to say. Listen quietly all of you！”
All turned towards him.
But one dared； for suddenly a guest stood up
in his place, smote the table and cried.
“No！ No！ Who are you that you dare utter such bold words？
the Emperor is son of the late Emperor and has done no wrong.
Why then should he be deposed？ Are you a rebel？”
the speaker was Ding Yuan, Imperial Protector of Bingzhou.
Dong Zhuo glared at Ding Yuan, roaring,
“there is life for those who are with me,
death for those against！”
Dong Zhuo drew his sword and made for the
objector. But the watchful Li Ru had noticed
obeisance on the left of the road.
Then Prince Xian spoke graciously to him.
From first to last the Prince had carried himself most
perfectly so that Dong Zhuo in his heart admired his
behavior, and then arose the first desire to
set aside the Emperor in favor of the Prince of Chenliu.
they reached the Palace the same day,
and there was an affecting interview with Empress He.
But when they had restored order in the Palace,
the Imperial Hereditary Seal, the special seal of the Emperor, was missing.
Dong Zhuo camped without the walls,
said Yuan Shao.
then Bao Xin saw Minister of the Interior
Wang Yun and asked what he thought.
“Let us talk it over,” was the reply.
Bao Xin said no more but he left the capital and retired to the Taishan Mountains.
Dong Zhuo induced the soldiers of the two brothers He Jin and
He Miao to join his command, and privately spoke to his adviser Li Ru about deposing the Emperor in favor of the Prince of Chenliu.
“the government is really without a head.