A meeting of Consuls and Naval Commandants in Tientsin-- More alarming news from the Capital--French and Russian advice--The usual formalities--Four trains proceed to the Relief of Pekin--Imperial troops at Yangtsun--The first troubles of the Expedition--Railway line damage--Approaching enemy--The first engagement with Boxers--Great bravery of the fanatics--Reinforcements for the Allies--At Lafang-- Railway torn up.
ON the evening of June 9 a meeting of Consuls and Naval Commandants was held in the French Consulate at Tientsin, to consider the urgent request of the Ministers in Pekin for the despatch to that city of a second contingent of guards.
The British, Italian, Japanese, Australian, and American leaders agreed to send all men available as quickly as possible for the capital, and of releasing the Legations as soon as the line was in working order.
More alarming news continued to come from Pekin, and the country between Pekin and Tientsin was reported infested by Boxers. It was suggested by the Russians and