Wan-li: Year 5, Month Intercalary 8, Day 25
6 Oct 1577
Previously, the Yun-nan native official Pu Chong-ming and his younger brother [Pu] Chong-xin had engaged in a struggle against each another. Chong-ming summoned Nong soldiers from Guang-nan, while Chong-xin brought in "Black-leg" Jiao soldiers. They then engaged in feuding and killing. Subsequently, the government officials were advised and an investigation was launched. During this period, the Jiao soldiers were withdrawn, but the Nong soldiers wished to remain in the yi stockades. The Grand Coordinator Zou Ying-long placed ill-considered trust in his adjutant Yang Shou-lian (Alt: Yang Shou-qian) and others who advanced their troops in order to eliminate the Nong. Shou-lian and so on subsequently engaged in pillaging and the killing of law-abiding people, and attacked and plundered stockades. The Nong bandits took advantage of this to also plunder and thus both sides lost the confidence of the people. After Ying-long retired, the new Pacification Commissioner Wang Ning drew up plans, captured the chief culprits and pacified the remnant Nong. Only then did the region return to peace. At this time, the regional inspector investigated the facts and submitted his proposals. An Imperial order was issued requiring that Yang Shou-lian (Alt: As above) be put to death by slow slicing and that his head be circulated in the areas where he committed his evil deeds, so that the people's anger would be assuaged. Both Wang Ning and Mu Chang-zuo were rewarded appropriately.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 99, page 1452/53