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Through the Looking GlassChina's Foreign Journalists from Opium Wars to Mao$
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Paul French

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099821

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099821.001.0001

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Boxers and Treaty Porters — Headlines Change History

Boxers and Treaty Porters — Headlines Change History

(p.63) 3 Boxers and Treaty Porters — Headlines Change History
Through the Looking Glass

Paul French

Hong Kong University Press

Henry Morriss took over Shanghai press in general in 1880. His penchant for horses and his tradition of giving many of them American Indian names led to his nickname: the “Mohawk Chief”. Mohawk Morriss was a force to be reckoned with in the newspaper business. A new century of foreigners reporting on China began on the morning of 5 July 1900 with the New York Times headline: “All Foreigners in Peking Dead”. The chapter addresses how this headline became an invasion. Dr. George Ernest Morrison, otherwise known as “Morrison of Peking”, was caught napping by the Boxers, as he was out of town on a snipe-hunting expedition. He missed the two biggest scoops of his career but his reputation just kept on growing regardless. He was also able to retain his reputation with the Times and its readers largely through the efforts of two men: John Otway Percy Bland and Sir Edmund Backhouse. English dominated the foreign press but there were other languages represented and other foreigners too, such as the French and Americans (as seen previously) and also, importantly, the Germans. The arrival of the South China Morning Post in 1903 is described.

Keywords:   Henry Morriss, Peking, Boxers, Dr. George Ernest Morrison, South China Morning Post, New York Times, John Otway Percy Bland, Sir Edmund Backhouse

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