. . . And the Foreigner Departs
The starlight shone . . . softening all harsh outlines, hiding all the horrors of destruction, glorifying the . . . sordid surroundings in soft mystery. -- The Reverend Roland Allen
BY the time of Tzu Hsi's death, many of the foreigners who had experienced the strange events of the Boxer Rebellion were long gone. Within weeks of the relief, Sir Claude MacDonald had exchanged places with Sir Ernest Satow in Tokyo. He became the first British ambassador, as opposed to minister, to Japan. A few days before Sir Claude left Peking, Morrison wrote to Moberley Bell of the Times: "I, personally, am very sorry. He acted exceedingly well during the siege and was an example to all the other Ministers, especially to the French Minister who was a craven-hearted cur." Sir Claude died of heart failure in London in 1915.
The Congers left Peking in 1905. Sarah felt deep sympathy for the country she was quitting. She could not condone the excesses of the Boxer rising but she understood the frustration that had led to it, maintaining that China belonged to the Chinese and that the foreigner was "an obnoxious invader" who had forced his way in. She also believed she had established a "genuine friendship" with Tzu Hsi, whose farewell gift to her was the lucky bloodstone she had carried with her during her flight from Peking. Her husband, Edwin, died just two years later. His friend President McKinley had become another victim of the anarchist's bullet in 1901.