Dec. 5th, 2016

lblanchard: (swannfountain)
We last left our intrepid explorers engaged in a comic-opera defense of the walled city of Siku. Meanwhile, the Chinese were responding to the depredations of the Tibetans and the brigands with a punitive military force, which dispatched the troublesome foes at the cost of some casualties. These were brought to Siku some few days after that defense, and the presumed medical expertise of Purdom and Farrer earnestly besought. One case required heroics.


The heroic field surgeon Bill Purdom, seen here in Chinese coolie garb somewhat later in time,
part of a subterfuge to gain access to a region where Europeans were forbidden


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