Boxers: Christian Forgiveness

February 7, 2009, 9:20 am

From W.A.P. Martin, a minister and participant in the siege of Beijing:

“On reaching New York in the actual costume which I wore during the siege, I called a boy to carry my packages, my son Newell having gone to the wrong station to meet me.

As I was carrying a gun, the lad remarked: ‘You must have been hunting somewhere?’

‘Yes,’ said I, “in Asia, beyond the sea.’

‘What kind of game?’ he inquired.

‘Tigers,’ I replied—I ought to have said hyenas.” [1]

The Siege in Peking China Against the World By William Alexander Parsons Martin

[1] W.A.P. Martin, The Siege in Peking: China Against the World, (Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1972 [1900]), 7.

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