CHINA: Outrage, Conference

Father W. A. Fletcher, a mission priest, and seven Roman Catholic nuns set out last week from Kongmoon aboard the steamer Waihoi. As they bobbed peacefully over the South China sea, twelve of the ship's passengers suddenly revealed themselves as armed pirates, seized the ship, and ran her aground for convenient looting.

Father Fletcher and the nuns were robbed of their valuables and locked up together by the pirates in a single narrow stateroom. The ship was glutted and the Chinese passengers were carried off to be held for ransom. Then for...

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