China and the Allies - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER XLVII

Mr. McConnell's party--The Governor of Che-Kiang--A friendly magistrate--The cruelty of a Taotai--Tragic end of two ladies--The staff of the American Board Mission at Tai-ku and Fen-Chow-fu assassinated.

VERY few particulars of the massacre of Mr. McConnell's party have been allowed to reach the public, but it is proved that, in this case too, the men and children were killed first; married women came after, and lastly, young ladies, who were kept back in carts, and executed some time later.

Two men, six women, and three children, belonging to the China Inland Mission at H'u Cheo, in the province of Che-Kiang, were killed. Two of the ladies, Miss Drummond and Miss Manchester, were American citizens.

The Governor of Che-Kiang was bitterly anti-foreign. When he received the Empress-Dowager's edict of June 20, ordering the extermination of all foreigners in China, he lost no time in promulgating it over his province. H'u Cheo is in the extreme south of the province, near the Fukkien border.

When the foreign Consuls in Shanghai entered, on behalf of their respective Governments, into an agreement with the southern Viceroys and Governors to maintain law and order in the central and southern provinces and to confine

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