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168 A Chinese Biographical Dictionary


right direction. He wrote the ^ ^ -^ ^, a work on the foar tones, of which he is considered by some to have been the first exponent (see Shin To). He devoted much attention to Baddhism, and published a treatise, entitled ~^||^i in which the doctrines of its three chief schools are discussed.

430 Chou Yung-nien (T. § ^). Graduated in 1771, and was employed in the Imperial Library. He devoted his life to study, and spent all his fortune upon books, building a special library to hold them.

431 Ch'ou Luan Died A.D. 1552. One of the most worthless Ministers of the Ming dynasty. Very studious as a boy and a clever writer, he proved proud and haughty when placed in ofiSce. In 1529 he went as Governor to Canton, and only escaped disgrace for cruelty and extortion by retiring ill. In 1537 he was sent to ^ ^ Ning-hsia in Eansuh, and took command against Anda, Prince of fj^ ^ Shun-i, who was ravaging the border. By promising to open trading stations, he tried to induce the enemy to retire; but Anda raided up to Peking, and being attacked at "i^ :f(j P Eu-pei-k*on while retreating, defeated his pursuers. However, by falsely reporting a victory and presenting some eighty heads of peaceful villagers, Ch'ou obtained rewards and honours. In the following year the Tartars crowded inside the Wall on the pretext of trading. He shirked an engagement; and at the instigation of Yen Sung, whom he had displaced as first favourite, he was recalled. He died the day before his secret dealing with the enemy was discovered. His corpse was beheaded, his family exterminated, and his ill-gotten possessions confiscated.

432 Chu Chan-chi A.D. 1398-1485. Eldest son of Ghu Eao-chih, whom he succeeded in 1425 as fifth Emperor of the Ming dynasty. His reign was marked by the rebellion of his uncle, Chu Eao-hsiu, and by a revolt of the Euangsi aborigines.