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