10th September 1932
Letter : Herbert Davy to “Chanji“
Written from : No.1
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Please show this letter to Baba – I am also writing separately to Him ( see 12th Sept. ), & then to Rustom, Pendu & Vishnu & Jal & the others, Kaka ---
Thank you Vishnu very much for the book it was my fault & I am very ashamed.
At last I have reached my empty house in
Here I found 25 passengers some of whom had waited already for 20 days unable to move, surrounded by extraordinary rumours, helpless because neither Japanese or Manchikou authorities would do anything or accept responsibility, added to this was Soviet control of C.E.R. ( Chinese Eastern Railway ) and presence of a numerous and oppressed Chinese population. On the same train were 2 Chinese students now suspected and gruelled by the J ( Japanese ) & M ( Manchiko ) authorities, they claimed a kind of protection from me in order to save their lives.
We were watched and cross questioned by innumerable spies, had to sleep in Railway carriage and to eat in the Station.
Floods, politics, Bandits, Chinese volunteer armies, destroyed tracks cut us off on all sides.
( added ) Save
They promised us aeroplanes but it was no good. Eventually after 5 days wait as the local situation was very dangerous ( since [ 111 ] one hundred Japanese have been killed here and in Hailar ) 16 of us decided to press on, no matter what risks, taking the 2 Chinese students with us if possibly could, 6 nationalities – 5 women, 15 suitcases which the men of the party had to handle. We had a catering, a transport, a finance, and a diplomatic divisions of our party. I was in all the Rail groups – three.
No less than 10 changes
on our second day – trains for many kinds, trolley cars, boats, walking for the
line was swept away by floods for many miles, standing on platforms for hours
being told that no trains would or could run. That night at 10 we slept in a
Japanese Inn. It was impossible to reach
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We travelled for 2 hours or more in a boat across
floods, then we prepared to sleep in a tent and at last a train turned up. It
was fired upon but only 3 or 4 shots, we wondered if it was a put up job ; the
next day we passed 2 derailed trains one was still burning and so to Ssupingkai
where we rejoined the S.M.R. ( Southern Manchurian
) railway. Then to Dairen, boat to Tientsin, train to Peking where I
stayed 9 days, then Tsinan University for 5 days, where I lectured and was
asked to join the staff. It’s a wonderful joint missionary University. Then to the
most sacred mountain TAISHAN where I slept and saw the dawn then Chufoo ( Chefoo ) the birth and death place of Confusius.
All these 3 places are in a sacred
I saw the sights of
Did you get my wire to say “Unsure” from
It is no use to say more about this.
Students who came to see me today are not very optimistic about this term’s prospects, ie. of an uninterrupted terms work. Three Presidents ( Uni. ) since July and they do not like the present one.
Best wishes and love to all. Herbert.
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Please see that photographs are sent to Mr. K. Ting as requested as soon as possible. Letter was delayed for so long in part to Geneo and back.
Many thanks for your letter, long and very
welcome letter, from
Please thank Vishnu and tell him, I am very unworthy and that his letter should have been written by me to him. I hope to see Vishnu before long.
Note : This letter was typed from the original hand-written letter by Anthony Zois