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2 THE FALLS CITY TRIBUNE April 291 1904
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Emma Boose Tucker
Writes From China. .
P'angChuang , TicntsinChina ,
December 1903-Dcar Friends interested -
terested in China-With : the
noise of an annual Buddhist mass
ringing loud but a few feet away
we send you greeting appropriate -
ate to the New Year which draws
so soon , and in which we know
God will bless you and yours. It
is a year since we begun our work
in China , and the many letters of
inquiry lead us to try and give
an idea of what we have been
doing. Few years of our lives
. have passed so quic1dy.
, Let us tell you of a single day ,
characteristic of the rest After
private devotions an early morn-
, ing . round of the hospital patients
is made before breakfast. We
thus know : how the sick have
fared during the night occasion-
ally having been called earlier in
any serious case. Breakfast over
followed by morning prayer with
such of the missionaries of the
station as arc not away touring ,
then comes a half-hour of Bible
reading and instruction with the
S Chinese. This is conducted usU-
ally by Dr A. 1-1. Smith , for the
. men , and Mrs. Chapin for the
r4 \vomcn. This reminds us to in-
t- , . rpolate that Dr. Smith's new
; book . just issued "Rex Christus , "
t : is said to be the best small book
< on Chinia published. Being sold
It ' . at so Iowa figure brings it with-
I K ! -S . din the reach of all ( Macmillan :
i , . " " ' Co , 30 and 50 cents ) On this
! : sample day we again try to follow
? . the rule announced in large Chin-
t' ese characters on our doors that
, ' we see no one from 9 to 12 in
order that we may study the lan-
t I guage ; ; but every case seem to
\t be a special one so there arc interruptions -
terruptions inevitable. We hard-
ly dare step out of doors for fear
of being accosted with this or
that one with a "ping" ( pronounced -
i pounced binge ) And if one once
tells his ailment , how can we
' help doing for him what we can ?
On the particular day of which
, , ' we write the first operation was
; , the removal of a cataract , the
; patient being an o\d man of 60 ,
who had not seen for years. 'Ve
have recently removed the band-
Y'H ages and the joy with which he
exclaimed , pointing here and
there , Your clothes arc black , "
. "You have a hat on , " "That man
. has whiskers , " etc. , made coming
; " to China worth while. Our next
effort was to treat a boy into ;
, ; ' whom a plow had run tearing
open his abdomen. As usual we
united with the assistants in
prayer before each operation , but
in this case , during it as well , for
it became necessary to remove
several inches of intestine , which
most of you know is' a serious
operation and one which at home
we would never dream of attempt-
ing. I-Iere we felt that we must
try to relieve him , though doubting -
ing whether he would recoyer.
It is long enough now since the
operation to show that God has
given him complete recovery de-
spite the unfavorable conditions
of the operation. The mother
and sister who care for him are
learning of Christianity while
staying with him here. We have
no nurses , all care of patients is
by relative or friend. Next came
a girl with no opening for the
nostrils , a heritage of the smallpox -
pox hich is so prevalent here.
Last we attended to a woman
with tuberculosis of the spine.
There arc so many in China with
tuberculosis in its various forms ,
that one shudders to even think
of the thousands who die daily
from this scourge which is so
much worse than the plague. '
Operations over , we yet have
medical cases to see , many miscellaneous -
cellaneous duties , and some time
for exercise. On this particular
evening there was no meeting , so
we were free to see to hospital
matters , write letters. attend to
records , etc. , and go to bed. We
forgot to state that we practically -
ly never fail to get our meals in
somewhere. Many of the pati-
ents have come several day's jour-
ney to see the "foreign doctors. "
How very sad it is to turn so
many away and tell them they
have come too late. Here comes
a man , the head of a household
and a type of many led four days
journey by his eight year old son.
He is hopelessly blind and will
not believe that we cannot cure .
him Now comes a woman with
an abscess of years standing who
can be helped with cure doubtful.
Thus it is an endless story of
tragedy-but it is too sad to re-
cord. The only consolation is
found in pointing them to Him
who cures all ills in eternity even
physical ones. It makes us very
glad to see now and then one
taking the initial steps to church
membership , having learned .
thc Truth in the hospital. .
After the Chinese new year
( which comes this year on Feb.
16) ) we began a plan of charging
50 coppers "cash" ( about 1 cent )
for every patient seen , though
we fear there will be many who
cannot pay what to them is quite
a sum. : Medicines and other sup-
plies arc so expensive and the
church in America so poor (7) ( )
that we have no alternative. Te
Chou , a large walled city 15 miles
from us has at last after many
years of prayerful knocking open-
. cd , and we hope to have a branch
medical work there soon if funds
permit and for the present only a
few dollars a month will suffice.
We went north to our annual
mission meeting in May and then
went to a small English and
American settlement on the coast
near Manchuria for 'tnree months
of study. In other words we ran
away from the medical work. We
much enjoyed the inspiration and
help of the many missionaries
who rested there for shorter or
longer periods of time during the
summer. Even here we were
called upon for much medical
work , but we found it a special
pleasure to minister to fellow
missionaries , quite a number of
whom we had known or met in
America. Doubtless you know a
number of them. We grew in
weight and tan and returned to
P'ang Chuang in October much
While north we visited four of
the seven mission stations of our
board in North China , and in each
saw much and heard much to
deepen our faith in missions , in
missionaries and in their mission.
At Peking there arc new and
larger opportunities than ever
before , with less opposition ; at
Tientsin the foreign nations have
encroached upon the site of the
native city to such a degree that
our mission is moving to the
Chinese settlement ; , at 1."ung
Chou the splendid college building
including their even more splen-
did equipment of teachers and
students , challenges admiration ;
at Paotingfu there is great interest -
cst along Christian lines despite
the destructive work of the
"Boxers" in 1900 when so many
missionaries and native Christ- -
ians were promoted
" 'Vhat of , the proposed war ? "
some one asks. We reply that it
takcf more than newspaper to
make war. Here in the interior
we hear very little from the peo-
ple-.they indeed know almost
nothing of he affairs between
Russia and China . War may
come , but if it docs , China is like-
lr to' be a spectator only. Russia
is merely carrying out the policy
begun a hundred years or more
ag-o. We saw a piece of Man-
churia when we were north and
that portion was well soldiered
'by many nations , but we could
see no smoke } : of battle. Let us
hope there will be none-despite
the somewhat general wish of intelligent -
. telligen Chinese that the empire
may soon go to pieces , They
wish evil conditions bettered , and
the ruling Ivlanchus displaced.
It was while visiting the Great
Wall of China-many hundreds
of years older than the oldest
reader-that we displayed our
knowledge of German and illus-
trated how completely the Chinese -
ese languag ° may crowd other
things out of one's mind. On returning -
turning a water flask which we' , " ' 1 :
bad found , to some German sol- ' " "
dier , we both attempted to tell of . ' : '
' ! ! ! I. , :
the finding , but each unconscious"f !
1y used a mixture of Chinese and J
German. To add to our discom = :
fiture the German replied in good ,1
English ; this was most as bad as , -8 I
the sentence which one of us manufactured - t
ufactured , in Chinese "The cow 4
flew down to the ground. II \
. We are glad to le back at !
P'ang China again and do not _ I
find it at all lonesome. During
the time that wo have been here '
in the interior we have three
times seen others than natives- . ' .
events which reminded us that . .j
there others in the world besides - ' - "
these two millions of Chinese of - . , -1 j
our own mission field and the , : , ' ; ;
eight missionaries comprising
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this section. .1.1' :
There arc many things of _ . S
which we would like to write- . : .
What a Chinese hospital is like ; "
house hold matters ; , our visit to
the Great Wall ; a big fire in
Peking ; costoms of marriage ; of --r
burial , of feasts , etc ; but these ' , J
and other matters must wait for 'j
other general letters. Nothing i
has been such a decided uplift to (
us as the letters that come occasionally -
casionally from friends at home ,
telling of interest in , and prayer
for , this "greatest work in the
world , and telling of the affairs ' :
societies and perons. Our work
is one and we are all glad to' be a ' ' - 'r ; : :
link in the long , strong chain. :
As a souvenir of China , a ris- ; : .
iting card is enclosed Spelling as . : : . ! t/ l
pronounced , the surname coming S . , ' : ; '
first , it reads De Fu Lan-Dr. . r ' ,
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Tucker's Chinese name , and . . - , , . . : : ; . , '
means virtuous , joyous rhododen- . . " ; " ,
dron flower illustrating how . . : ) . 'fi :
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Chinese names may . mean much . " : ;
or little depending on whatever . ; "
the law of opposites should apply. ' : .
This is a personal letter to " , .
many to whom we cannot otherwise -
wise write , though personal let- t . .t
tel'S to all would give us pleasure. , . '
We will be glad to send an occas-
ional letter concerning . our work . . , . . -
to such as ask us to do so. 1.0 x
all , our greetings are cordial , . . ( " '
hearty , and pl'ayerfu1. Come over , - > . , ' ; ; - . .
and help in other- ; T.
us prayer or - < f
W1se. S t- :
Emma Boose Tucker , 11. D. . : ,
Williams Hospital ' : . _ ; ; .
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