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The Riots in China. j DIARY No. 2. KiA-TlNG Fu, June 15th, 1895, Dear Friends,-In my first eiary I gave you a de. tailed account of the riot. Now I must teU you how we fared afterwards- We had nice quarters in the magistrate's office. He did his very best to make us comfortable, and went to great expense in purchasing things for our comfort. On Saturday, at midnight, we were escorted out of the city. It was a strange scene. First of all the chair Coolies came for our twenty chairs, and the usual pushing, shouting, &c., went on as though we wanted to lettbe peopleknowwa were escaping. After we all were seated the order was given to start, and away we went out of our friendly quarters. Each chair had two runners and two soldiers in front. As we passed along the streets we observed men standing on guard at all the wooded barriers (I counted 10 barriers); on an average 12 men at each barrier. When we arrived the barriers were immediately thrown open, and we marched through without a question. When we arrived at the great east gate it was opened immediately, and we were carried on and on for about five li to a temple (the "God of Thunder") wheie our boats were anchored. What a strange sight it was—about 500 soldiers, yamen, runners, &c., with our chairs slowly wending our way along the river bank in the still- ness of the night. Every now and then the soldiers bayonets would flash in the moonlight, and the in. numerable paper lanterns added beauty to the scene. Thus we were turned out" of the city of Chen-ta, where the witnesses of Christ bad worked for about 13 years but we all realised that it was only for a short time, aud then we should be able to go again to that city, and we had faith to believe that still greater blessing was in store for that city, notwith- standing the darkness of the outlook now. I had hoped to stay at Chen-tu, but the officials objected, so I thought I would ask the Consul about it, and sent the following telegram:— British Consul, Ching-Chung. "BuiinesB rpquires one remain. Officials objéCt, Do you order me go ? Reply immediately. "VALE." We waited till next day expecting a reply, but none came. Just after the official sent for me. I went, and met the director of the telegraph office with my telegram in his band. He said he was very sorry he could not send my telegram as he had got orders from the Viceroy not to send any foreign tele- grams as war had again broken out between China and Japan. Of course, this was only a plan of theirs not to send it, so I said I did not mind as I had already decided to leave for Kia-ting. Now to re- turn to the river side. What a sight! Eleven boats were prepared for us, one large four-roomed boat, one three-roomed, two smaller, and seven ordinary boats for soldiers. As soon as we were on board, the Mandarin (who had escorted us) gave orders for the boats to start, so we slowly moved away from the shore, and then anchored below in a quiet spot to wait for the morning light. At dawn the next morn- ing we started on our journey for Kia-ting. Of course we badto keep very quiet on the way down, lest, as we passed the villages, the people should use up and cause trouble. After a very quiet journey of three days, we arrived here in peace. I got off here, and found Mr and Mrs Ririe and Miss Bridgwater in the magistrate's office also Mr and Mrs Squire. The rest of our party all went on their way to Ch'ong- Ch'ing, escorted by the soldiers from Ch'en-tu. I must not let this pass without saying a good word for the Eua Yang Rsiai mandarin. He acted a g«od part to us, providing us with all we needed, and paid for all the boats to Ch'ong-Ch'ing also provided us with 80,000 cash for our expenses; thus we have lacked nothing, and we have had much cause to praise the L-)td for all his tender love towards us. June 15th, Mr Waring, the K'iong Cheo evangelist, arrived, with Mrs Liol, Miss Naess, and Miss Nilson. We were glad to welcome them after all their danger- ous experiences. We are all very happy and quiet here at present. We do not know what we shall do in the future. We trust after a few days we shall be able to get back into our house again. The officials have had strict injunctions from the Viceroy to pro- tect all foreigners and punish all evil doers, so we trust the worst part is over now. Surely we can praise Him for all His wondrous care and love. Join with us in prayer and praise. Yours in Christ, JOSHUA VALE.

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