Translation: July 20, 1913 – China lays its last Empress to rest.

The following text is a translation of page 7 of Der Deutsche Correspondent from July 20, 1913. The translation is by Alex Russell.

The burial of the Empress-Dowager of China in Peking. 1. The imperial visor. 2. The coffin in the funeral procession. 3. Catafalque with flowers

The burial of the Empress-Dowager of China in Peking. 1. The imperial visor. 2. The coffin in the funeral procession. 3. Catafalque with flowers

From the Breslauer centenary exhibit: The man-made lake and festival hall, in which the great pageant of Gerhart Hauptmann was staged by Prof. Reinhard with 2000 participants. Right, the building from the historical exposition.

From the Breslauer centenary exhibit: The man-made lake and festival hall, in which the great pageant of Gerhart Hauptmann was staged by Prof. Reinhard with 2000 participants. Right, the building from the historical exposition.

The galleon figure from the new Hamburg steamship “Emperor”. The bronze imperial heraldic eagle is casted from a design by Prof. Bruno Krause in Berlin. Resting on a giant globe, the eagle measures almost 20 feet from the beak to the ends of its powerful wings.

The galleon figure from the new Hamburg steamship “Emperor”. The bronze imperial heraldic eagle is casted from a design by Prof. Bruno Krause in Berlin. Resting on a giant globe, the eagle measures almost 20 feet from the beak to the ends of its powerful wings

In the peaceful secluded woods on the declivity of the Wanglong Shan marshes, west of Peking, a sixth grave will soon be added to the five imperial graves of the Manchu dynasty; that of the Empress Dowager Longyu (Feb. 22 1913), wife of the deceased Emperor Guangxu (Nov. 1908). Emperor Guangxu is often called a martyr to the throne. Even more of the martyrdom was borne by the silent, selfless Longyu, who was almost always a plaything of strange vagaries. And peculiarly the burial of this simple, devoted woman, ever lingering in the background as Empress, Regent, and mother, has been turned into a grandiose assembly in Peking, one that on such occasion no other woman in China has been bestowed.

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