It was evident from the beginning that pride prevented yuan shih-kai from retreating from the false position he had taken up.
Devoting himself to his task yuan shih-kai gave promise of being able to handle much bigger problems.
yuan shih-kai's reward for his share in this counter-revolution 23was his appointment to the governorship of Shantung province.
Another Edict was therefore prepared simply dismissing yuan shih-kai from office and ordering him to return to his native place.
yuan shih-kai was neither a Boxer, nor yet a believer in idealistic foolishness.
As it was it served to focus attention on the general mal-administration over which yuan shih-kai ruled as provisional President.
yuan shih-kai had the priceless opportunity of studying them at close range and soon made up his mind about certain things.
At once yuan shih-kai realized that the Nemesis which had dogged his footsteps all his life was again close behind him.
yuan shih-kai was determined to assert his mastery by any and every means; and as this man had flouted him he must die.
No more damning indictment of yuan shih-kai's régime could possibly have been penned.