China and the Allies - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER XXXIX

Chinese looters--Soldiers and Boxers in disguise--Disgusting greed--Buddhist priests--In official palaces--Digging for treasure--The less daring Chinamen--Flags of truce--Appealing inscriptions--A prevailing impression.

TAKING things all round, there is no doubt that those who mostly benefited by the looting of Tientsin were the Chinese themselves. There were crowds of them outside every house where looting went on, and they sneaked in and out, carrying away valuable things. They had the advantage of knowing where to find them. Even Boxers and Imperial soldiers had hastily thrown off their uniform coats, and returned to the city disguised as coolies or peaceful citizens. Their greed was disgusting, and among themselves they acted like wild beasts. When one of them came out of a house with some loot, they sprang on him en masse, overcame him, knocked him down, and his loot was divided among the bystanders, who in their turn were attacked by others behind, until in the mêlée many were injured, and the smarter ones got away with the goods. The Chinese whom one saw in Tientsin soon after its fall were ruffians of the very first water. Their faces alone were a sufficient certificate. What ghastly, murderous expressions were concealed under the servile, submissive manner towards every European that went by!

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • List of Illustrations xxiii
  • Chapter I 1
  • Chapter II 7
  • Chapter III 15
  • Chapter IV 21
  • Chapter V 26
  • Chapter VI 32
  • Chapter VII 37
  • Chapter VIII 44
  • Chapter IX 49
  • Chapter X 54
  • Chapter XI 59
  • Chapter XII 63
  • Chapter XIII 67
  • Chapter XIV 72
  • Chapter XV 77
  • Chapter XVI 81
  • Chapter XVII 85
  • Chapter XVIII 92
  • Chapter XIX 96
  • Chapter XX 102
  • Chapter XXI 107
  • Chapter XXIII 118
  • Chapter XXIV 122
  • Chapter XXV 129
  • Chapter XXVI 134
  • Chapter XXVII 141
  • Chapter XXVIII 146
  • Chapter XXIX 152
  • Chapter XXX 156
  • Chapter XXXII 167
  • Chapter XXXIII 174
  • Chapter XXXV 189
  • Chapter XXXVI 196
  • Chapter XXXVII 200
  • Chapter XXXVIII 206
  • Chapter Xxxix 211
  • Chapter XL 216
  • Chapter XLI 221
  • Chapter XLII 225
  • Chapter XLIII 235
  • Chapter XLIV 240
  • Chapter XLV 246
  • Chapter XLVI 250
  • Chapter XLVII 255
  • Chapter XLVIII 259
  • Chapter Xlix 265
  • Chapter L 269
  • Chapter LI 273
  • Chapter Liv 287
  • Chapter LV 293
  • Chapter LVI 298
  • Chapter LVII 302
  • Chapter LVIII 308
  • Chapter LIX 312
  • Chapter LX 319
  • Chapter LXI 325
  • Chapter LXII 334
  • Chapter LXIV 347
  • Chapter LXV 354
  • Chapter LXVI 364
  • Chapter LXVII 371
  • Chapter LXVIII 377
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