Haphazard shooting--Mr. Campbell wounded--A lake of sugar --French troops-Refugees--Chinese shells--Attempting to seize the pontoon bridge--Russian gallantry--Women and children--A reconnaissance--The enemy's Krupp guns--Two 12-pounded guns--A serious attack on the railway station-- The Settlement heavily shelled--Exodus of refugees--Accurate Chinese fire--Arrival of Japanese troops and two 4-inch British guns--Artillery available in Tientsin--Temperance Hall the chief target--A reconnoitring party--The Wei-hai- wei regiment under fire--More guns arrive.
JULY 2 was a fairly quiet day but for haphazard shooting upon the Settlements by the Chinese entrenched some seven or eight hundred yards north-west of Temperance Hall. They were reported to be 3,500 strong, and to belong to General Ma. Only a few shorts were fired from the Chinese big guns.
Unfortunately these bullets, although aimed at no one in particular, were a constant danger to any one who ventured out of the house. Mr. C. Campbell, of the Consular Service, a great Chinese scholar, who had rendered valuable assistance with the Seymour Expedition, received quite a serious wound in the ankle on that day, while walking about the Settlement.
An exciting fire broke out in the sugar go-down adjoining