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From Hankow. It has reached 10pm before he could start this letter which is unusual and absurd. A Red Cross unit under Roger Greene of the P.U.M.C and William Yen of Yale has turned up and he has been up and down to Wushenmiao twice today to make the necessary arrangements. Then a number of problems have cropped up which have to be tackled on the spot. He managed to get to the service at St John's where Mr Gellen[?] preached and that has been the only leisure that he has had today.

He hears that the United States is unable to give any aid as the Mississippi flood is absorbing all their attention, but he has hopes for Great Britain.

There has been no letter from Emily this week but there has been one from Joan and another from Sandra. Miss Pritchard has sent a line from Kandy[?] in Ceylon where she is spending twelve months.

He hopes that Miss Wally and Miss Harrison are on their way up-stream to help out.

He understands that Gibson is to arrive today, which will please Bishop Roots. This sort of a life is ageing him, though he has more ups than downs.

They have had a spell of wet and cool weather which has probably saved them from famine. It had been very dry.

'Now for the other side of China's liberties, especially those of women. Two or three days ago, Dr Chiang engaged a young fellow, an old Wesley [School] boy of good character & influence as a sort of secretary & put him in one of Sister A's old rooms. Last night a girl friend of his of the A.G.M. walked boldly into the Men's Hospital & spent the night with him...' [Herman Stanley] Dixon doubts that it was as wicked as it looks. They have of course been removed 'but think of the audacity in any country of a girl doing such a thing & yet another instance of the strange & terrific social upheaval in which we live'.

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