Imperial Decree from the Pekin Gazette, June 6--Western Churches and men of evil character--Boxers the Patriots and Champions of peace--The children of the Throne--Official neglect of duties--Riots--Disbandment of societies--The Generalissimo Jung-lu to pursue and punish the rebels-- Secret investigations--No mercy.
THE Western religion has existed and been disseminated throughout China for many years, while those who disseminated it have done nothing except to exhort people to do good. Moreover, converts to the religion have never, under the protection of religion, raised up disturbances; hence converts and the people at large have always remained at peace with one another, each going his own way without let or hindrance. Of late years, however, with the constant increase of Western churches throughout the country and the consequent overwhelming numbers of converts joining them, men of evil character have stealthily gained a footing in their ranks, making it difficult, in the circumstances, for missionaries to distinguish the good from the bad amongst the converts. Taking advantage of this, these evil characters have accordingly, under the guise of being Christians, harassed the common people and bul-