The Re-Shaping of the Far East - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER XX
THE HEEL OF KOREAN BOOT

ONCE more back in uninteresting Shimonoseki, with the swirling green-black current pouring through the narrow straits, the high hills gloomily surveying the busy scene, and the grimy colliers from half the ports of the Far East flying flags of many maritime Powers, waiting their turn until the coal which stands mountain high under the shutes on the distant shore can be crashed in endless streams into the holds.

It is not so uninteresting, however, this coaling port in these great war-days, for the Shimonoseki Straits are the gates of Japan, and through them come hurrying both transports loaded with cheering troops longing to close with the enemy, and hospitalships, sometimes merely clean and silent, and sometimes thick with human ants stricken whilst they were climbing up to Port Arthur or Nanshan, or to the great Manchurian passes, and now crawling home to get well if possible, and then die properly, as they should, on the grim battlefields. Then there are always torpedo-boats and despatch-vessels

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