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measures 33 inches by 4½ inches, having a greyish tint. It has been proved that the sword belonged to Shao Kung, a minister of state of the Chow dynasty. It was named "Chih Tao", or "The Red Sword", and was used in the offering of sacrifices to Heaven, as mentioned in the Book of Rites. It has been du[[strikethrough]]g[[/strikethrough]]gged out of Shao Kung's grave in Shensi where Tuang Fang was then the Governor. It is esteemed to be of great artistic value, and it is interesting how well it has been kept, so large being its size. The family of the late Governor did[[strikethrough]]i[[/strikethrough]] not wish to sell this sword at first, but I got them round through some friends. They demand TLS. 15,000 for it, and I offered them TLS. 7,500, which they refused. I cannot estimate as what should be its correct price, a thing so valuable and so rare. Will you kindly think over it and let me know by wire. Should the purchase be concluded, I would send it along with the other things above-mentioned.

I have had the pleasure of making Mr Bosch Reitz's acquaintance and he handed me over your letter of introduction. Since he is a great friend of yours, and such a charming personality, you can be assured that he will be welcomed, and receive every assistance that I could give him.

I enclose herewith a photo of the "Red Sword".

With kindest regards,

Yours sincerely,
[[signed]] Seaouke Yue [[/signed]]
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