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From [Wu Shen Miao]. It was as well that he has returned to Hankow. Rumours are everywhere and there is considerable fear as a result. It would have been too much to have expected [James John] Heady to have dealt with it right away. Even [William] Rowley thinks that H B R was right to come back. They have had the most circumstantial report that Teian was occupied and burnt last night. There is nothing in the press this morning and Heady has gone to try to find out what he can. H B R does not think that he will return with much. In the last few months this sort of rumour has circulated about Anlu, Hsiaokan and Hanchuan (twice). [Arthur Preston] Hadwen got so excited about one such report that he hauled H B R out of a meeting to tell him. 'It is just part of the method of warfare'. He heard from Shanghai of those who came on board to see her off. He is glad that she received that recognition. The enclosed from Gater was found on his return. H B R has sent him the £26. He does not understand a good deal of the letter. He wrote yesterday to [Charles William] Andrews and [William Alexander] Grist. 'That is what one does after a defeat at tennis. I just shook hands so to speak and leave it there'. He has enclosed copies of Gater's correspondence together with a second copy of his latest letter for Morley's use. Messrs Hurst and Goulding have offered H B R quarters if he gets into difficulty. He thinks that the [Western powers] are inclined to resist the spread of Communism so far as destruction of property is concerned, and that the concessions and S.A.D's will be defended. The customs charges on the carpets was $44.50. She must keep this in mind as well as carriage, if and when she decides to part with any of them. He hears that she had no trouble in Shanghai itself [with the customs]. He wonders if the same will be true at the port of London. He will be marking her progress. The children will hopefully be enjoying themselves. He will try to get a letter to her at Marseilles. This letter will be sent to the Mission House to be passed to her on arrival in England.