The 4-inch naval gun-- CaptainBaylyProvost-Marshal--The West Arsenal--British refugees uncared for--Operations against the West Arsenal--A British naval 4-inch gun mounted --Guns on the Mud-wall--The enemy's artillery--Marvellous shooting--Lyddite shells--Another determinate attack on the Station--The exact range--The wounded of the Pekin brigade --LieutenantBlonsky--AdmiralSeymour returns to Taku.
IT was not till July 7 that preparations could be made for mounting a 4-inch naval gun, and a party was sent out to the East Arsenal to get timber, while the 12-pounder was used to shell the city. In return the Chinese Krupp guns made excellent practice upon the Tientsin Settlement, and knocked houses about very successfully. The shells were mostly directed upon the various barracks, an undeniable evidence that the Chinese had spies in the Settlement who kept them well informed of what the foreigners were doing.
Captain S. Bayly, R.N., of the Aurora, was elected Provost Marshal, with Lieutenant Leonard, of the United States Marines, as Deputy. A strict injunction was posted that all suspicious characters should be made prisoners.
Midshipman Esdale died from his wounds.
On July 8 the Chinese shelled the 12-pounder guns heavily, in the hope of silencing them, and also endeavoured to blow up the gasworks.