Thousands killed--Mr. Gammon's staff of colporteurs--The American Bible store in Pekin and the Emperor--Chinese translations of religious and scientific books--Prosperous days of the reform party--Demand for foreign books--Mr. Gammon's ability--An historical wife.
IT has not yet been ascertained how many native Protestant Christians and converts were killed during the Boxer movement, but although not quite so numerous as the Roman Catholics, there is no doubt that thousands were massacred.
Take, for instance, Mr. Gammon's staff of sixteen colporteurs of the American Bible Society store in Pekin, some of whom are represented in front of their premises in the illustration. Fourteen of them were killed. The keeper of the store escaped by taking timely refuge in the Legations.
Mr. Gammon's store was probably one of the first places to be attacked by the mob in Pekin, as it was widely known and had quite an historical interest. It was from this shop that in 1898, during the period of reform, the Emperor