The escape from Ping-yuo--The Empress-Dowager's edict--A stout resistance in the Baptist Mission--Persecution and extortion--Mobbed and stripped of everything--Driven before a yelling crowd--Led to the execution ground--Interesting resemblance--Shocking death--The sad end of two American young ladies--Carried before the Temple oracle--A fearful ordeal--A wit--Treated as common criminals.
PERHAPS even more harrowing in its details is the account of the experiences of Mr. E. J. Cooper's party of missionaries in their attempt to escape from Ping-yuo, in the province of Shansi. There were in the party Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Saunders and four children; Mr. A. Jennings and Miss Guthrie, residents of Ping-yuo; Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Cooper and two children; Miss ----- and Miss -----,* from Lu- chang; and Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Glover and two children, and Miss Gates, from Lu-an.
On June 25 a friendly magistrate, who had received orders from the terrible Governor Yu-Hsien to carry out to the letter the Empress-Dowager's edict, sent a word of warning to the missionaries, advising them to escape at once, or it would be too late. They fled towards Tai-yuenfu. When only half-a-dozen miles from this town, they____________________