Shifting the moorings--The Koreetz suffers heavily--CommanderWise--A position of absolute safety-The Whiting and Fame capture four Chinese torpedo-destroyers and convey them to Tong-ku--A 5-inch shell--Gunboats fare badly--The United States at peace with China--AdmiralKempff refuses to join in the attack of forts--A strange coincidence.
AFTER dark, the several gunboats up-river, except the Russian, took the precaution of shifting their moorings. At 10 P.M. the Algerine,Fame, and Whiting steamed up the river to just below the Russian gunboat. This was fortunate, for at a quarter to 1 A.M. of the 17th, the forts having during the day carefully trained their guns on the gunboats up-river, opened a terrific fire on their presumed positions, the only boat suffering heavily being the Russian Koreetz, which had disregarded the precaution taken by the others. She received the full fire of one of the Chinese batteries at a range of 400 yards, and in the bombardment her crew lost sixteen killed, including four officers, and forty- five wounded.
On the bridge of the Monocacy stood her Commander, Wise, cheering and encouraging the women and children swarming the decks, and who all the same felt some apprehension at the hissing and bursting of shells--fortunately high over head. He and his officers reassured the refugees