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From Hankow. He is still suffering from dysentry but is much better.

Sister Gladys [Stepehenson] and Mr Dixon are supposed to arrive back tomorrow and he expects that [Ernest Henry] Livesley and his wife will be here next week with Dr [Ralph] Bolton. [Cyril George] Baker went up to Hunan last night to join [William Wildridge] Gibson.

Miss Booth has started a Women's Class at the W.S.H and had a big crowd there on Wednesday. H B R wonders how long it will be before some ladies are allowed to live up there. They will have to wait until H B R is fit enough to see the Consul to discuss this and other matters.

The soldiers have moved out of Wesley College and it is to be hoped that they can be kept out but that remains to be seen. The latest is that the school people are trying to borrow the empty buildings at Hanyang so H B R has asked one or two people to go and protest the matter. 'It is a very curious situation. Now that the treaties are in abeyance & not upheld by force our "religious" compounds are subject to the annoyance that the Buddhist temples have constantly to endure. They are liable to be taken for soldiers, schools or Unions. Borrowed is the technical term & there seems to be nothing to save us except the prestige of foreigners, which in spite of it all, still remains. Chinese temples & school buildings they tell me are much more worse off....Perhaps it is well that we should be touched with the feeling of their infirmities. But it would have been better for China to be lifted into a sharing of our immunities. These foreign privileges are mainly the ordinary amenities of Western life - which are really a great argument for Christianity'.

Emily's letter in response to his telegram arrived the day after he wrote her last. Personal matters are discussed. He does not think that the present difficulties in China need keep her or the children from joining him here.