And they wept bitterly.
The Emperor turned angrily to Liu Tao, saying,
“You also have servants: Why can’t you bear with mine?”
And thereupon the Emperor called to the guards to eject Liu Tao and put him to death.
Liu Tao cried aloud, “My death matters nothing.
The pity is that Han Dynasty, after four centuries of reign, is falling fast!”
The guards hustled him away and were just about to carry out the
Emperor’s order when a minister stopped them, shouting,
“Strike not! Wait till I have spoken with His Majesty.”
It was the Minister of the Interior, Chen Dan. He went in to
the Emperor, to whom he said,
“For what fault is Counselor Liu Tao to be put to death?”
“He has vilified my servants and has insulted me,” said the Emperor.
“All the empire would eat the flesh of the eunuchs if they could,
and yet, Sire, you respect them as if they were your parents.
They have no merit, but they are created nobles. Moreover,
Feng Xu was in league with the Yellow Scarves.
Unless Your Majesty looks to it, the state will crumble!”
“There was no proof against Feng Xu,” replied the Emperor. “
About the Ten Eunuchs, are there none faithful among them?”
Chen Dan beat his forehead on the steps of the throne and did
not desist from remonstrance. Then the Emperor grew angry and
commanded his removal and imprisonment with Liu Tao.
That night Liu Tao and Chen Dan were murdered.
Then the eunuchs sent a forged edict to Sun Jian making
him Governor of Changsha, with orders to suppress
the rebellion of Ou Xing. In less than two months
Sun Jian reported the county all tranquil. For this he was created Lord of Wucheng.
Further, Liu Yu was made Imperial Protector of
Youzhou to move against Yuyang and suppress Zhang Ju and
Zhang Chun. Liu Hu of Daizhou recommended Liu Bei to Liu Yu. Liu Yu
welcomed Liu Bei and gave him rank of commander and sent him against