China and the Allies - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER XXIV

A fierce cannonade--The range--Chinese magazine blown up --The storming party--Advance in parallel columns--Skirmishing order--Smartness of the Japanese--The gallant Captain Hattori killed--A pathetic incident--The first to enter --The North-West Fort--The capture of the North Fort--The British flag first--The South Forts holding out--Every fort in the hands of the Allies--The Russian flag--The humours of war.

A FIERCE cannonade was kept up on both sides, the gunboats having moved during the bombardment to the bend of the river, which was considered the best position from which to shell the forts. The ranges at which tile gunboats fired were from four hundred yards to two and a half miles, according to the positions occupied (during the bombardment. The firing continued without intermission till half- past four, when there was a terrific explosion, by which even the most distant of the ships was shaken and sent rattling. A shell had blown up one of the Chinese magazines.

It had been prearranged that shortly before daybreak the storming party was to meet on the river bank opposite the Algerine at the last bend of the river. A further number of men were landed from several ships, and at dawn the force was ready and comprised 200 Russians and

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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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