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From [Hankow]. He has at last received her second letter. He will try to get the report about her skin infection from Dr Pell and send it on.

He was interested in her visit to the Mission House. [William Alexander] Grist is strange - he did not mention her visit just the confusion regarding Joan's college allowance. 'Fancy with all my placidity, I have got most of them on edge, which may be a measure of their own want of inner happiness. Had a justificatory letter from [Dr Alfred W.] Hooker yesterday because I had animadverted on the silly stuff their "office-boy" had put in the [Methodist] Recorder about the Changsha troubles. Says he expects I know they have not got an office-boy. Yesterday arrives a 5 page justification [from] [Walter James] Noble of their action in sending B.B.C to Nanking without asking my permission. Of course in a 5 page letter he has such an extended front that I cd smash him to smithereens if it was worth doing. I think on the whole I will trust in God to do that & keep my powder dry. But I have felt greatly annoyed at the tone of Brother Noble. He is not a very big man - but as usual, bold'.

[William H.] Pillow and his daughter went by Japanese boat to Changsha last night with Kathie Warren and Miss Simpson. [William Wildridge] Gibson's letters remain very pessimistic. Changsha is an armed fortress but the rest of the province is open to Communist infiltration and is partly occupied by them. H B R does not however rate their chances once the large government armies begin to close in.

[Arthur Preston] Hadwen and [Sarah] Wolfe arrived safely in Anlu after successfully passing through two to three hundred 'red-bedecked outlaws' who did not offer them any harm. [William] Rowley reports that the Wusuch road is as bad as ever - it will take time to clear the brigands away. The towns of Suichow, Teian and the Han river are now well-garrisoned.

Two nights ago at the Friday Club, he read his paper on Whitehead's "Science and the modern World" - it really is a wonderful book.

[David] Allan is now in Shanghai, having heard of a job there. H B R does not think that he will get it, and if he does, he will not keep it.

H B R led the service at the Union Hospital this morning. There was a very good congregation.

He was interested to read about the piano. It is good to have something for the children to sing to. She should consult the landlord with regard to work on the house and garden. K. S's comments on Gordon were interesting - the boy has turned out fine but there is much to be said for him taking an M.A. now.

He doubts if the Bakers [family of Cyril George Baker] will now get to Hunan before the start of furlough.

Grace is back at last and is fast returning to her normal health - she has really had a bad time.

Lives of a Bengal Lancer by Yeats-Brown is a good read.

He thinks for the sake of safety, he had better send the fur back with Lilias Lester, even though she will not reach home before February.