Dong Zhuo hastily dismounted and made
obeisance on the left of the road.
Then Prince Xian spoke graciously to him.
From first to last the Prince had carried himself most
perfectly so that Dong Zhuo in his heart admired his
behavior, and then arose the first desire to
set aside the Emperor in favor of the Prince of Chenliu.
they reached the Palace the same day,
and there was an affecting interview with Empress He.
But when they had restored order in the Palace,
the Imperial Hereditary Seal, the special seal of the Emperor, was missing.
Dong Zhuo camped without the walls,
but every day he was to be seen in the streets
with an escort of mailed soldiers so
that the common people were in a state of
constant trepidation. He also went in and out
of the Palace careless of all the rules of propriety.
Commander of the Rear Army Bao Xin spoke of
Dong Zhuo’s behavior to Yuan Shao, saying,
“This man harbors some evil design and should be removed.”
“Nothing can he done till the government is more settled,”
said Yuan Shao.
then Bao Xin saw Minister of the Interior
Wang Yun and asked what he thought.
“Let us talk it over,” was the reply.
Bao Xin said no more but he left the capital and retired to the Taishan Mountains.
Dong Zhuo induced the soldiers of the two brothers He Jin and
He Miao to join his command, and privately spoke to his adviser Li Ru about deposing the Emperor in favor of the Prince of Chenliu.
“the government is really without a head.