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A Chinese Biographical Dictionary 173

of En Yen-wa. He wrote on the Classics, and also published poetry and essays.

444 Chu Hou-chao A.D. 1491-1521. Son of Chu Yu- t^ang, whom he succeeded in 1487 as tenth Emperor of the Ming dynasty. He devoted himself entirely to pleasure, and his exorbitant demands for money caused frequent rebellions, until in 1511 Peking was in danger and many provinces were harassed by bandits. The people found the troops worse than the rebels; and they said in Hu-Kuang that the rebels combed them with an ordinary comb, the Imperialist troops with a tooth-comb, and the officers with a razor. Eight eunuchs, known as the Eight Tigers, encouraged their master's vagaries, and bribery and corruption were rife, until in 1510 the chief eunuch was executed for treason and his vast treasures confiscated. The Emperor learnt Tibetan, Mongol, and Manchu, and gave himself titles in these languages, besides taking the Buddhist style of Prince of the Law. In 1517 and 1518 he travelled incognito to Hsflan^ Fu, and was nearly captured in a Tartar raid. He next gave orders to himself, under the name -^ ^ Chu Shou, to go on a southern tour; and when Wang Shou-jen put down a serious rising in Eiangsi, lie proposed to have the rebel leader left at large on the Po-yang lake until he could proceed thither and smite him in person. He died from the effects of being upset from his fishing-skiff. Canonised

445 Chu Hou-tsung A.D. 1507-1566. Nephew of Chu Yu-Vang, and paternal second cousin of Chu Hou-chao whom he succeeded in 1522 as eleventh Emperor of the Ming dynasty. He proved an autocratic ruler and was swayed by a series of worthless favourites, among whom Ch^ou Luan, Hsia Yen, and Yen Sung were the most infamous, to the exclusion of such men as Mao Ch'£ng, Tang T'ing-ho, and Tang Shfin. The north-west