Letters from China

Mrs. Conger tells of Visit to Empress Dowager.

Des Moines (Ia.) Leader

Letters written within the past eighteen months by Mrs. Edwin H. Conger, wife of the American minister at Pekin, to a friend in Des Moines, were made public recently. They told of the visit of the foreign ministers' wives to the empress dowager and royal family, of a visit by the ladies of the American legation to the wife of Li Hung Chang and of the return visit, of the ceremonial new year visit of the yamen to the American legation, and of the new year's courtesies extended by the servants of the American legation.

These letters from Mrs. Conger reveal her friendliness for the Chinese, and her hope that an era of better feeling between China and the western world was about to open. The first letter, telling of the visit to the empress dowager, follows :

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