LAST DAYS IN PEKING.
Cham-Ping-Chow.--A Chinese Inn.--The Roman Catholics in China.--The Cathedral.-- The Tien-Tsin Massacre.--Christian Policy.--Interview with Robert Hart.--A Letter from Sun-Tajen and Chi-Tajen.--Letter from Prince Kung.--Interview with the Prince.--The Prince's Present.--Departure from Peking.
Peking, November 16th.--We passed the night at Cham-Ping- Chow, a town of considerable activity. Our inn was such a one as we could procure exclusively without giving previous notice. Our guides say there are some that are better. We are quite sure there are none which can be worse. But, if we fare badly in Chinese inns, we have the consolation of knowing that we fare cheaply. We do not know what were the bills of our coolies for man and beast. They could not have been extravagant, for the entire compensation which we have paid to them for the journey to Peking to the wall and back again is only ten dollars for each litter and cart. The expenses of our party of ten at the inn was three Mexican dollars for all, of which seventy-five cents was paid for extra fuel for the kang. The impression made on us, by the conduct of the people who came under our observation, does not go to confirm the belief that they are either hostile or prejudiced against foreigners, while it does satisfy us that they are punctual and exact in the fulfilment of their contracts. The mercury has fallen to 26°.
November 17th.--By the laws of China, the Roman Catholic religion is tolerated here. That Church has on paper divided the