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I obtained access to the interior of the Chinese dominions, and Yong-tsi and his great general Hujaku became seriously alarmed. At length, after various excursions and counter-excursionss, I learned that Hujaku was encamped with the whole of his army in a very strong position at the foot of a mountain, and I decided to proceed forward and attack him. I did so; and the result of the battle was that Hujaku was beaten and was forced to retreat.

 

He retired to a great fortified town, and therefore I followed him and laid siege to the town.

Hujaku, finding himself in imminent danger, fled; and I was on the point of taking the town, when I was suddenly hindered in my career by being wounded severely by an arrow which was shot at me from the wall. The wound was so severe that, while not showing my pain, I found that I could not successfully direct the operations of my army, and so I withdrew my troops and returned to my own country, to wait there until my wound healed.

 

In a few months I was entirely recovered, and the next year I fitted out a new expedition, and advanced again into China.

Meanwhile, (back at the ranch) Hujaku, who had been repeatedly defeated and driven back, by me – – The Grand and Glorious Genghis Khan – – Hujaku had fallen into disgrace. His rivals and enemies among the other generals of the army, and among the officers of the court, conspired against him, and represented to the emperor that he was unfit to command, and that his having failed to defend the towns and the country that had been committed to him was the result his cowardice and incapacity. In consequence of these representations Hujaku was dismissed from his command in disgrace.

This made him very angry, and he determined that he would have his revenge. There was a large faction in his favor at court, as well as a faction against him; and after a long and bitter contention, Hujaku once more prevailed, and induced the emperor to restore him to his command.

 

The quarrel, however, was not ended, and so, when I returned, in glory, the next year to renew the invasion, the councils of the Chinese were so distracted, and their operations so paralyzed by this feud, that I, once more in Grand and Glorious manner, gained very easy victories over them. The Chinese generals, instead of acting together in a harmonious manner against me, the common enemy, were intent only on the quarrel which they were waging against each other.

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