A crisis approaching--Destruction of villages and mission- houses by the Boxers--Roman Catholic missionaries killed--A marine guard retained in Tientsin--Troubles in Kung-tsun-- A meeting of the foreign Ministers in Pekin--Their disinclination to bring up guards--Rain better than Maxim guns--Sham displays of the Chinese to suppress the insurgents--Baron von Ketteler suspicious of the Chinese Government's promises-- Guards to be sent for to protect the Legations.
TOWARDS the middle of May a crisis was fast approaching. Much disorder prevailed around Pekin and Tientsin. The Boxers destroyed three villages, killing 61 Roman Catholic converts, some 90 miles from Pekin, near Pao-ting-fu.
This was reported to the Government on May 17 by Sir Claude, who on the same date requested the Admiral to retain the marine guards which was under orders to leave Tientsin.