The mining nien, especially the heads of the larger houses, did not care at this juncture to run the risk of political agitation.
To this may be attributed the appearance of a group of nien known as kangakusha (Chinese scholars).
The periods thus formed are called by the Chinese Nien-hao.
According to this method of dating the years a new era commences with every reign; and the year corresponding to a Chinese date can only be found when we have before us a catalogue of the Nien-hao, with their relation to the years of our era.
The men rode through the morass and up the slope.