The ramparts of the city wall--Modern rifles and obsolete weapons--A defiant Manchu--The looting of the looters-- Handy polyglot abilities--A few plain truths--Three chapters of a story in a nutshell--Fortunes made and lost.
WHILE all this went on in the streets, the ramparts of the wall were strewn with dead bodies of soldiers and Boxers. Many who had been killed several days before the capitulation of the city had been pitched down into the street below. The bodies were partly eaten up by dogs, and what remained of them was in a fearful state of decomposition. The majority of soldiers had been wounded in the head when peeping over the wall to snipe at our men. By the side of those last fallen near the loopholes on the top of the wall lay stacks of gingals, Mannlicher carbines, Winchesters, swords, spears, tridents, and thousands of rounds of ammunition. In addition to these modern weapons, a great number of muzzle-loading guns were found that had been used in the defence of Tientsin, and near these one picked up small cane and cardboard tubes used by the Chinese to measure the gunpowder charge when loading them. Pouches filled with lead bullets were scattered about on the
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Publication information: Book title: China and the Allies. Volume: 1. Contributors: A. Henry Savage Landor - Author. Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1901. Page number: 221.