Annals of the Propagation of the Faith Volume 68

Annals of the Propagation of the Faith Volume 68

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...entered the city of Souang-chang-pu and pillaged the large town of Che-tu-chen-si. More than 600 soldiers set out to disperse them. Less brave than-the robbers, they beat a retreat after having lost fifty of their number. The bandits then planned to attack the post of Ou-kia-chan, but the intervention of the missionary saved the young Christian settlement. At the opening of the Chinese year, the catechumens, anxious to see their families again and persuaded that the roads were safe, left for their holidays. Several were captured by the brigands, but afterwards released. War having been declared, the situation became more critical and most of the catechumens could not return to school. Bands of robbers continued to devastate the count, killing men and insulting young pagan girls and women. The brigands had spared the Christians; the soldiers, however, found' it easier and less dangerous to attack peaceful men than the robbers whom they should have fought. Our neophytes suifered much from their cruelty. Some were put to most horrible torture; others were robbed. It is said that one soldier seized a crucifix and broke it under his feet. One Christian was suspended from a beam and cruelly beaten. While they rained blows upon him, the soldiers mocked him, saying that if his head were cut off he would go to Heaven. The Christian only replied: . " Yes, I believe in God; you want my head; take it, but with my last breath I shall proclaim myself a. Christian." A friend who kn"n the leader of the soldiers had the poor victim liberated. Father Stoeffler informed me of the doings of the Chinese soldiers, so I advised the viceroy of the matter. He, at once, gave orders to suppress such outrages. Inquiries were made, and the...show more

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  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123673730X
  • 9781236737304