Missionaries--Good and bad--Christianity at the point of the sword--Under a terrific strain--Missionaries and the Boxer movement--A political as well as a religious movement against all foreigners alike--Providence and machine guns--Practical missionaries wanted--Timothy Richards--A power in himself --Missionary refugees--In fancy dress--Undisguised merriment of the Chinese.
IT is the general impression that, during the recent war, the Chinese have been treated with unnecessary harshness by the Allies, "for, after all," I have often heard people exclaim, "the Chinese did no further harm than murder the German Minister, and that might have happened anywhere." Again, people who know slightly better will argue that, if one or two missionaries have been killed, that is their own fault, for it is no business of theirs to go to foreign countries to worry the natives. This is all very well, but whatever one's personal feelings may be towards tactless and incompetent heralds of the faith of Christ in distant lands, one cannot help being shocked and revolted at the barbarity with which men, women, and children of one's own blood have been treated by the Chinese. Besides, there were among these martyrs many--indeed, the majority--who were far from tactless and incompetent, and were even held in great esteem for the good they had done