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122 A Chinese Biographical Dictionary


specially noted for his acquaintance with the views of the Han scholars on many vexed questions connected with the Canon of Changes; bat he published little beyond the results of his labours upon the catalogue of the Imperial Library. In fact, he openly declared that everything worth saying would be found, if one only knew where to look, to have been said already. A collection of miscellaneous jottings from his pen appeared under the title of ^ ^ !^ ^ ^ gE f and he contributed a considerable portion of the ^ ^ . Canonised && ^ j^ •

302 Ch'i Ch'ao (T. ;^ or ^ J^ ). A.D. 335-377. As a youth he was self-willed and original, and a clever talker. His father, who was a Taoist, he himself being a Buddhist, let him take what he liked from his vast fortune; and ChH Ch'ao is said to have given away several millions in a single day! Huan Wdn took him into his service as military secretary, and he and ^E i^ Wang Hstln soon gained the entire confidence of their chief. The two were popularly called the Bearded Secretary and the Dumpy Registrar. On one occasion Huan had placed Gh4 Ch'ao behind a blind in order that he might overhear a consultation with Hsieh An and Wang T^an-chih. During the interview a pufiE of wind blew aside the blind, whereupon Hsieh An jokingly remarked that Huan WSn evidently reposed a blind confidence in his secretary. Ch4 Ch^ao protested against the war which in 869 resulted in the defeat of Huan at ;|t|^ g^ Fang-t'ou in Honan. When the news came of a subsequent victory, Huan, who had felt greatly mortified, asked him if this was enough to wipe out the shame of Fang-t^ou. He replied, '^Tou have not stultified my estimate of you." He had a lifelong feud with Hsieh An, but kept his treason secret from his father. On his deathbed, however, he entrusted a box fall of correspondence with Huan Wdn to one of his retainers, with orders to give it to his father.