Tke Faith and Fate of the Missionaries
The horror of it seems too great to realize. -- Luella Miner
BISHOP Favier could, at least, reflect that he had saved his people from the dreadful fate meted out to converts and missionaries in the rural areas during what Luella Miner called the "summer's carnival of crime." News of this was now trickling through. Sarah Conger described how "most heart-rending reports are coming in from different quarters." She recounted the tale of a four-year-old Christian child, Paul Wang, who was stabbed with swords and spears and thrown three times into a fire, but who "manifested such tenacity of life that the leading Boxers bowed to him, and turned him over to the village elders, saying that Buddha was protecting him." A shocked Luella Miner wrote that "the horror of it seems too great to realize." She found it difficult to sleep as her mind resonated with tales of convert children whose heads had been pulled off; people buried alive in coffins; others wrapped in cotton, saturated with oil, and set alight. "One is taken back to the time of Nero," she wrote. Thousands had been murdered. Bishop Favier later estimated the number of Catholic deaths alone at "not less than 30,000."
However, it was the news of the murder of well over two hundred foreign nuns, priests, and missionaries and their families, including many children, that evoked the greatest horror among the