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The Empress and Mrs. CongerThe Uncommon Friendship of Two Women and Two Worlds$
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Grant Hayter-Menzies

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083008

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083008.001.0001

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(p.148) (p.149) 12 Survival
The Empress and Mrs. Conger

Grant Hayter-Menzies

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter discusses the continued bombings on the American legation by the Boxer militia. While barricades were being built up, existing buildings themselves were being blasted to pieces, so that by mid-July, the United States compound was rendered hardly fit to be lived in. Not only had the little compound's exterior suffered under the constant barrage of shells and bullets, but its use as a billet for the United States Marines was damaging its interiors. In the mid-July chaos of false and attempted truces, counter-proposals, hopes of rescue, barrages of bullets, and ominous silences, Sarah Conger was said to have become embroiled in a small battle of her own which would, unfortunately, gain as much publicity after the siege as any of the real warfare that threatened everyone's lives.

Keywords:   American legation, Boxer Militia, United States Marines, Sarah Conger, publicity

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