China and the Allies - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER XLVI

Protestant missionaries massacred--The missionaries at Paoting-fu--In the Governor's Yamên--The Governor's consideration--Anti-foreign Yu-Hsien--An attack on the Roman Catholic and the American Presbyterian Missions--Sacrificed on the grave of a Boxer leader--Before her mother's eyes--An offering to the Red-faced God of War--Women Boxers--Reward for their services--The China inland missionaries--A terrible end--Words and facts--American citizens--A general massacre--" New hands "--Pao-ting-fu the centre of the Boxer movement.

IT would not be fair to speak so plainly as I have spoken if one had not before one's eyes such horrible examples of what has been endured by some of these unfortunate creatures directly previous to and during the war of 1900. Besides information which I have myself collected, I was furnished by the China Association with a list of the Protestant missionaries known to have been massacred from the beginning of the Boxer movement to the 11th of September, and a list of those (up to September 26) unaccounted for, as well as of those who were then supposed to be on their way to the coast from the western provinces.

The greatest care was taken in compiling this list, which was verified in every possible way (by the compiler), both by correspondence and interviews with those escaped from

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