DEAR MR. BURNETT:
. . . As for Pearl Buck, it is quite true, as she wrote to you, that she cannot choose from her own writings. But I have done a good deal of homework myself, and have questioned her closely. . . .
She herself feels that she ought to be represented by fiction. But passages taken out of novels are never satisfactory, from her point of view. . . .
RICHARD J. WALSH
P. S. I am quite willing to have this piece used.
PEARL S. BUCK
Thus--from Fighting Angel, the biography of the author's father, an American who, Pearl Buck says, "wandered about China for more than half a century," a missionary, "with a sword-like singleness of heart . . . a magnificent imperialism of the spirit. . . ."
THOSE EIGHT YEARS before the Boxer Rebellion were the years of greatest danger in Andrew's mission. Since he never stayed in established places, but was always pushing out into the new and unknown he often found himself among hostile people. The Chinese were distrustful of foreigners, not only from other countries but even people of their own nation from other provinces or regions. This is perhaps because each village and town has maintained itself for centuries as a separate locality. There has been almost no government from above or outside, and the clan feeling is very strong. In some places it was