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Excerpt from Across the Desert of Gobi: A Narrative of an Escape During the Boxer Uprising, June to September, 1900The out-burst of the Chinese against all foreigners in June, 1900, was so sudden, that many of our missionaries in the interior wereMoreExcerpt from Across the Desert of Gobi: A Narrative of an Escape During the Boxer Uprising, June to September, 1900The out-burst of the Chinese against all foreigners in June, 1900, was so sudden, that many of our missionaries in the interior were unable to escape, and were murdered. Many others were saved in ways almost miraculous. The story of the siege of Peking is still fresh in our minds. The following letters from the Rev. Mark Williams to his children describe the escape of one company of missionaries across the Desert of Gobi into Siberia.Kalgan, May 19, 1900.Dear Home Friends:I have just returned from a weeks journey into Mongolia with Prof. G. F. Wright and son of Oberlin, Ohio. Crossing ranges of mountains, there was grand scenery. Were entertained at the Roman Catholic Village of Hsi Wan Tzu, where we met several Belgian priests and the bishop. A building 300 ft. long was being erected. The village has 1600 inhabitants - all Catholics. There are 400 girls in school, most of whom had been cast out at birth, but were rescued by the Catholics. When they reach the proper age, they are married to native Christians. Prof. W. is much interested in the mountain of loess here. There are four tiers of cave houses in its side, inhabited by the poor.We hear that placards have been posted in Kalgan by the Boxers, who have come from Peking. But we dont think the people here will heed them.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.