The evil deeds of Yu-Hsien--Exceptional atrocity--The first riot--Driven to the Yamên--Slaughtered in the Governor's presence--Adding insult to injury--A general massacre of foreigners and converts-£5,000 reward offered for Mr. and Mrs. Piggott's release--A mistake.
WE now come to some of the evil deeds of Yu-Hsien, the Governor of Shansi, who was probably the most bitter of anti-foreign Chinese officials, and who, on receipt of the Imperial edict, made haste to carry out the instructions for the extermination of foreigners. He telegraphed the Empress's orders to all the subordinates in his province, and sent instructions to guard the fords of the Yellow River night and day in order that none might escape, so great was his eagerness that every foreigner within his boundary should be massacred.
It is not, therefore, a marvel that the murders of missionaries at Tai-yuen-fu, this official's capital in Shansi, took place under circumstances of exceptional atrocity.
The first riot occurred on June 27, when Miss Coombs was killed and Dr. Edwards' hospital destroyed. A messenger brought this information in a letter written by Dr. Miller Wilson, and sewn into the sole of one of the messenger's shoes.
On July 9 the Governor, Yu-Hsien, having taken the