March 5, 1907
What shall we do with Emma? Sheâ€™s gone off to New Mexico and married a Chinaman. Her horrified mother hopes to get the marriage annulled, but Emma is an independent-minded young lady.
Emmaâ€™s mother, Mary Culver of Monrovia, says she will do everything she can to undo her daughterâ€™s marriage to Frank Chew, whom The Times describes as â€œa sort of missionary revivalist,â€Â noting that â€œMiss Emma had longings to help the heathen herself.â€Â
Chew asked Culver for permission to marry Emma, but â€œit was bluntly refused,â€Â The Times says. â€œEmma had a mind of her own and her answer was â€˜yes,â€™ regardless of her motherâ€™s wishes.â€Â
Even worse, Chew could be an illegal immigrant and if heâ€™s deported, Emma says she will be willing to go to China with him. She made this vow, even though she was warned that Chew would sell her into white slavery as soon as he got her to China.
Emma isnâ€™t the only one in trouble. Members of the Chinese Baptist Mission are equally furious, saying that Chew borrowed jewelry from members of the congregation under the pretense of defending himself against deportation when in fact he used the money for his elopement.
In August 1907, Emma sent a letter from Hong Kong to her family, saying that their fears were baseless and that she and her husband had opened a day school where they taught English.
The next year, Emma mailed a photograph of her students and tried to recruit more women to come to China.
â€œWith her husband, Frank Chew, she has established an English school which is attended by the sons of well-to-do, educated Chinese gentlemen. The Chews have prospered beyond their wildest dreams,â€Â The Times says.
â€œEvery family in Hong Kong seems anxious to have its children learn English and the pupils themselves study the language eagerly.â€Â
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