An interesting letter--Mormon habits--Chinese prophesies-- Proffered hospitality declined--An armed train to proceed to Yangtsun--Shelling of the Settlement by the Chinese--The enemy repulsed--Attack on the Military College--A gratifying despatch.
AT 3.30 A.M. the alarm was given, and what happened afterwards is told in the quaint and interesting letter here appended, written by a Chinaman who had apparently been educated in Europe or America. His education had evidently not included the suppression of Mormon customs.
The letter was found lying on the floor of a deserted house and had not been posted:
TIENTSIN, May 20 (Chinese).
"MY DEAR WIFE,
"If you were here last night you would have been
scared to death. At about eleven o'clock last night the
Boxers set fire to several different places, four of which are
small chapels, and at the same time they attacked the Tien-
tsin railway station. Fortunately the Russian troops went
across the river opposite the Railway Station and fought
with them. Their fight caused the Boxers forty-five killed
and many wounded. The dead bodies are still lying about
the Tientsin Station. At about half-past one A.M. this
morning the Boxers gave another fight to the foreign