Two quiet days--Harassing the enemy--A dust-storm--Signals of distress--The use of newly acquired guns--Foreign troops sighted--The relief force relieved by Colonel Shirinsky--Removing the wounded-International brotherly feeling--An appalling number of wounded--Back in Tientsin--What the men thought of Admiral Seymour--Seymour's tribute to his men.
JUNE 23 and 24 were two quiet days, which the Allies employed in fortifying their defences and harassing the enemy by means of the 4-inch guns and a one-pounder captured in the Arsenal, while the Germans worked the splendid Krupp guns--ex-property of the Chinese-which had now been mounted on the earthworks of the forts.
An attack on the part of the Chinese was feared, but never came off. Hardly a shot was fired by the Allies on the 24th, and no Chinese were seen. The heat was intense, and a dust-storm blew fiercely during the whole day; thanks, however, to quantities of rice and other provisions which had been found in the stores of the Arsenal, and to the fresh supply of excellent weapons and ammunition of the latest and most perfected pattern, the force could now have held out for several days. One thing only hampered the plucky defenders in the Wuku Arsenal, and that was the great number of wounded, for whom but scanty medical