China and the Allies - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER XXV

Captain Stewart of the Algerine--Lieutenant-Commanders McKenzie and Keyes--CommanderLanz of the Iltis--German shells for German ships--Excellent practice of Chinese gunners--Inside the forts--A characteristic letter--The journey by water from Taku to Tientsin--At Tong-ku-- Cossacks--Columns of black smoke.

THE behaviour of Captain Stewart, of the Algerine, and Lieutenant Commanders McKenzie and Keyes, all three of the British Navy, was magnificent, and elicited admiration from all sides.

Commander Lanz, too, of the German gunboat Iltis, behaved heroically at the attack, receiving a severe wound in the leg, and twenty-five other small wounds from splinters of shell and wood. The Iltis herself, a gunboat of 900 tons, was hit by seventeen shells and one shrapnel. It was evident, from the number of shots which struck her funnel, that the Chinese were striving hard to send a shell through her boilers. This they also tried to do with other gunboats, as we have seen in the case of the Whiting. Curiously enough, according to an interview with Captain Lanz, published in Japan, it appears that all the shells that hit the Iltis had been made in Germany, and were fired from Krupp guns, of course of German manufacture.

The Chinese soldiers made excellent practice with their Vol. I.-9

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