November 3rd, 1911.
THE latest development in the Chinese rebellion is of a most surprising nature. In the name of the infant Emperor an edict has been made, granting a Constitution and excluding the Manchu nobles from participation in the Government. In language that is characteristically childlike and bland, the people of China are asked to attribute the faults of the present administration to the inexperience of their ruler, the Son of Heaven, and his consequent inability to deal with the problems of Chinese politics. For all the mismanagement of the State, for all the crimes that have been committed in his name, the poor little Emperor is made to profess himself responsible. If only the people will endeavour to understand him and credit him with a sincere regard for their interests, he assures them of his intention to reform the laws and carry out the principles of the Constitution.
IN ANOTHER column, under the heading “The Situation in China”, there will be found an account of the meeting of the North China and Shantung Mission, and a report of a remarkable speech delivered by Lord William Cecil. His lordship’s words deserve the most serious attention of Churchmen, to whom there is presented a golden opportunity for helping to Christianize a nation now awaking from the bad dream of Confucianism, and alive to impressions from any quarter. It is for the Catholic Church to intervene at this critical moment, and to tinge with Christian thought the Chinese mind. For if China does not become Christian, she will become definitely anti-Christian. . .