Brutalized and humiliated, the Trappist monks of Our Lady of Consolation lacked food, they lacked clothing, but there was no lack of beatings from the Reds. Some of the Trappists, so old and so weak, could not walk another step on their own, so the strongest among them picked up along the way a few small trees and branches, which they fixed into litters to carry their fallen confreres.
Along the way, on the night of September 6, somewhere in the district of La Hsun Hsien, those carrying the litter of Father Guglielmus Cambourieu slipped and lost their grip. The old priest, originally with the Society of Foreign Missions of Paris, tumbled onto the ground, where he bashed his head against a rock.
Although bleeding profusely, his gaping wound went undetected in the black night, until the marchers stopped in the little village of Ma Lai Tsun, high in the mountains of Hopei province. In the dark, last rites were secretly administered, with urgency, and Father Guglielmus (b. 1874) died shortly after.
He had been the one who had predicted during their show trial in the church by the Communists that they were going to die martyrs. Without ceremony, he was quickly buried, and the marchers continued. The missionary would never return to his native homeland of Auvergne, France.
VIVA CRISTO REY! 萬歲耶穌基督國王!