Advocacy chain letter. Boxer Rebellion. Partial text. Original source
and language unknown. China, 1890.
[... in 1890 the Chinese government
used the chain letter device to incite the people against Europeans and
Americans. A handbill was distributed, reciting the crimes of the "foreign
devils." It added:]
The person who reads this script and quickly distributes
six copies, will save a family from distress. He who distributes ten copies
will save an entire street from suffering. He who sees this sheet and does
not distribute it shall pay with his head.
Published: Traverse City Record-Eagle (Traverse City, Michigan),
June 6, 1946, p 4.
" ... a historical scholar who was examining the records of the Russian
Foreign Office, which the Bolsheviks gave to the world soon after they came
to power ... learned that [above text]. "Out of this incendiary document
arose the Boxer insurrection, in which many Europeans, chiefly missionaries,
were killed in Peking, and which caused the intervention of Allied troops,
including German and American. ¶ Most chain letters do not have consequences
so pernicious, but they are nothing to encourage."
Entered by DWV, Aug. 11, 2014.
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