Across the Grand Canal--The Viceroy's Yamên-Important documents--Arms destroyed--The Viceroy's apartments--The War Office--Drill-books--Scientific books--The Foreign Office--Foreign treaties--Documents referring to the Boxer movement--The Female Boxer Society--Captured guns--The value of two heads of foreigners--Rewards for facing the enemy --Fighting in the day and cash payments at night--Articles supplied to the Boxers by the Government--A much-rewarded lieutenant--Receipts growing bigger as the Allies advanced-- By the Viceroy's command-Rewards to Boxers and their families--The last entry in the Viceroy's day-book.
ACROSS the Grand Canal, outside the city wall, on the northeast corner, a bridge led to the Viceroy's Yamên. One would have thought that, as the military operations of the Chinese were directed mainly from this point--the "War Office," as it were, of China--our Intelligence Department, with the aid of interpreters, who were plentiful, might have paid a visit to this place, where documents of no mean importance might have been discovered, and much information obtained which might have proved useful. But no. On the contrary. They seemed to experience difficulty in distinguishing between what was really important and what was not. Here is an instance.
A missionary gentleman, who was as conversant with Chinese as he was with English, having prowled into the Viceroy's buildings and discovered some papers of great