China and the Allies - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER XLV

A more important error--A painful sight--Chinese clothes without the appropriate etiquette--The historical Japanese lady and her misfortunes--The question of general capacity-- Christian work in the East--The crime of sending unprotected young women into the interior--Money wasted.

THE matter of clothes, however, would be a small one. It is to a further and more important error that I wish to refer. This is a criminal error, made, not only by missionaries, but by those good people at home who employ them and send them out. I mean the criminal error of despatching to dangerous and lonely places in the interior of China, without protection or assistance, young, inexperienced girls, who have a most imperfect knowledge of the country, the language, and the customs and manners of the natives.

It has so far been the impression among supporters of missions in the Fast that, to spread the gospel--and with it civilisation--among the heathen, anybody is good enough. Thereupon, and presumably infatuated by the good they imagine they can accomplish, and partly attracted by the apparently handsome salary offered, a great number of unattractive young women with suburban ideas and education have found their way to the remotest corners of China. There, while faithfully preserving their character

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