Vol. LXXXII Aug. 1973 No. 8 Articles SHIGAKU-ZASSHI
By Takehiko Furuta
(1) The 'History of the inscription' now in the possession of the archives section of the Imperial Household Agency is a document of Captain Sako's own making and handwriting. So we can give credit to the reality of his narrative that he coerced a rubbed-copy artisan of the Ch'ing dynasty into making the copy, when we consider its being a restricted document to the circles of the General Staff Office.
(2) Mr. Rih's treatment of Chinese historical materials raises grave doubt. It is well known that a lot of Chinese scholars and copy artisans made copies of the tombstone by rubbing or by means of soko method before the 17th year or so of the Meiji period. Mr. Rih, however, calls them fabrications and eliminates all of such documents as do not fit into his own hypothetical chronology.
(3) There are many inappropriate points in Mr: Rih's interpretation of the Chinese literature. As the result the incipient age of those copies is much postdated.
(4) Resting on these unwarrantable assumptions, his chronology utterly lacks in objectivity.
(5) His presumption that lime covers thick the surface of the tombstone up to now does not accord with two reports of investigation made before and after the last war (the latter in 1963)
After all we can assert that although his collection of materials given in the book is very serviceable, his hypothesis itself is quite untenable.
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