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on the eve of his death, announcing that the places would be kept in the train (a compartment with four places) leaving on the 5th June.
A warm embrace to you and all of you,
Pekin, 14th June, 1912.
My dear little Mother-in-law :
We leave to-day. I shall never leave him and shall
faithfully bring him back to you and you shall keep him beside
you. This pitiful mission which I requested and which you
affectionately entrusted to me, binds me to the parents of the
poor, dear young Salva with new sacred chains.
_ Rome, 2AA July, 1912.
My dear Father-in-law :
On the same evening in which in piety you and his
mother accompanied our Salvatore to his eternal resting-place *
I want to give account of my mission. . . .
And the documents attached to my account are a little monument
to the memory of our Salva. They represent a chorus of blessings
from the poor who accompanied him to his grave. . . .
* The corpse of Salvatore Besso arrived at Naples on 23rd July, where it was met by his parents. On the 25th July at Rome, the moving funeral took place. In the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, which was full of flowers, was given the last benediction, amid the tears of hundreds of friends. The body temporarily lies in Campo Verano, but will be sepulchred in a funeral monument which is being built at Pincetto Vecchio.