Tragic Story Brought Back By Priests
SISTERS' DISAPPEARANCE CAUSES GRAVE ANXIETY.
Shanghai, Dec. 1. A terrible story has been brought to Shanghai by the French Father Delois and the Italian Father Bonnanatte after a long roundabout journey afoot through the bandit-infested countryside. The story tells of the destruction of the Catholic orphanage at Slashing on November 15th by Japanese air bombs killing eightysix Chinese orphans and causing the disappearance of 4 French and 5 Chinese sisters and 150 refugees.
Father Moulis, Superior of the Lazarists, has taken up the matter with the French Ambassador, M. Naggiar, in an attempt to ascertain the fate of the missing sisters and refugees.
Father Moulis said that Fathers Delois and Bonnanatte, reported that the Japanese bombed the Sisters of Charity orphanage at Kashing.
The sisters herded their charges into dugouts in the mission grounds but one bomb directly hit a dugout, killing 26 girls between the ages of nine and fifteen while another directly hit the creche killing sixty babies and wounding two Chinese sisters. Father Moulis added that the sisters took 150 orphans and old people including wounded aboard a junk and fled into the interior and are still unheard from.
Father Moulis explained that the orphanage had no flag of any kind and was located closeby the home of General Chang Fah-Kwei who commanded the Chinese forces in the southern sector. The Carmelite mission, and the Lazarist seminary nearby flying French flags were not bombed.
SISTERS IN NANTAO WITHOUT SUPPLIES.
Meanwhile, the English and French authorities have sent supplies through the Japanese lines to ten British sisters and many poor including five shell-shocked residents who stayed in their home at Nantao, three miles south of the border of the French Concession, througout the Sino-Japanese hostilities there, harbouring 340 Chinese refugees, many of whom were wounded and sick. They badly need food and water.
MALAYA CATHOLIC LEADER, SATURDAY, 4th DECEMBER, 1937. page 14