CABLE, Mildred. China. Her Life and Her People. London, University of London Press Ltd., 1946.
8vo. Original cloth in dust-wrappers (not price-clipped), map endpapers; pp. 160; photographic illustrations, the rarely seen wrapper minimally chipped at margins.
First edition. The authors, who lived in China for several decades, describe the country shortly after her emergence from the
Japanese invasion. Mildred Cable was, from a young age, determined to be a missionary, and became one of the most remarkable of her lifetime. Disappointed by a delayed start, with missionary work disrupted in China by the Boxer Rebellion of 1900, Cable reached Huozhou in Shanxi province in late 1901. Here she met Evangeline French and together they set up a girl's school, before being joined by Francesca French, sister of Evangeline, in 1907. Cable spent the rest of her life with the sisters. In 1923 she organised a mission to north-west China, crossing from Shanxi to Jiuquan in Gansu province. They remained in the region until 1936, travelling across the Gobi Desert and spreading the word of the Bible. They were pioneers of women travelling and were the first British women to set foot in many of the towns and cities they visited. They endured many political disturbances, where Cable's medical skills proved important for their survival. They were forced to leave in 1936, and all three returned to England. Cable devoted the rest of her life to the British and Foreign Bible Society and became a prolific writer.