The walled native city and the foreign concessions--The railway station--The mud wall or "Sankolin's--Folly"--Detring and Dickinson's houses and the racecourse--The North Fort --The East Arsenal and the Military College--Mounds of salt --The Viceroy's Yamên--The West Arsenal--The Hsiku "or Siku" Arsenal--Landmarks--The Gordon Hall--The arrival of Russians--A failed attempt to communicate with Seymour --The native city in the hands of Boxers--A threatening moment.
LET US see now what took place in Tientsin at the same period.
A short description of the place, and of the position of its various parts which will be referred to in the narrative, may help the reader to understand what occurred.
The walled native city was of a rectangular shape, the sides of the rectangle running respectively from north to south and east to west. The Foreign Settlements and Concessions were about two miles south-east of the native city, and consisted of a large French Concession along the south back of the Pei-ho River, with the British Settlement southeast of it, still among the west of the river, and the Extra British Concession south of the French Settlement.
To the east and north, on the opposite side of the stream, were a number of native houses and some large and impor-