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100 A Chinese Biographical Dictionary

243 Ch'ên Shih (T. ). A.D. 104-187. An official of the Haa dynasty, distinguished for parity and uprightness. As Magistrate of ^ J^ T*ai-ch4a in Honan, he ruled so justly that people from neighbouring Districts flocked to his jurisdiction. Resigning office, he returned to his home in Ting-ch'uan in Anhui, where he was appealed to as arbiter in all disputes by the people, who preferred to suffer the penalties of the law. rather than incur his disapproval. On one occasion, when a thief had hidden himself among the roof-beams, he quietly called together his sons and grandsons, and after a short moral lecture pointed up at the thief, saying, "Do not imitate this ^ Jj^ ^ -^ gentleman on the beam.*' The latter was so touched that he came down and asked forgiyeness, promising to lead an honest life for the future, and departing joyfully with a present of money. In 168 Ho Chin in vain tried to induce him to accept high office. His funeral is said to have been attended by 80,000 persons from all parts of the empire. He and his two sons (T. jiQ ^ and ^ 3tr )» ^^ distinguished men , were known as the ^ ^ .

244 Ch'ên Shih-kuan (T. H ). A.D. 1680—1757. Fourth son of Ch'6n Hsien. He graduated as chin shih in 1708, and after several educational and literary posts, became Governor of Shantung in 1724. He was degraded in 1734 for procrastination in reporting on the Eiangnau waterways, but rose again in 1741 to be a Grand Secretary. At the end of 1748 an erroneous judgment led to his dismissal, but he was recalled to his high office three years later. He retired with honour in 1757, leaving behind him the reputation of a most conscientious officer. Canonised as

245 Ch'ên Shou (T. ) A.D. 283-297. A native of Ssdch'uan, who after studying under Ch4ao Chou took service under the Minor Han dynasty, and alone ventured to oppose the