A good rest--The prevalent idea--The Generals of the Allies and their opinion--Unnecessary accusations--Reinforcements --Prominent features in Tientsin--Bathing not a luxury--The Russian and American bands--News of the Legations--Sir C laude MacDonald's pathetic letter--A message to the American Consul and one to the Japanese Consul.
AFTER the taking of Tientsin city, and the excitement of looting it, it was felt by the Allies that a good rest was necessary before an attempt to relieve the Pekin Legations could be made.
As a matter of fact, the idea was prevalent in Tientsin that the Ministers and all foreigners in the capital could not have escaped massacre. Certainly everything pointed in that direction, and if the Imperial troops in Pekin were as well armed and drilled as those who fought in Tientsin, we could but surmise that the Legations, with the small guards and limited ammunition, could not have withstood a long and severe siege.
Brigadier-General Dorward and the Generals of the other Allies were of the opinion that, considering the strength of the enemy between Tientsin and Pekin, at least 25,000 men were necessary for an advance. Some suggested that 40,000 would be a figure at which a greater chance of success might be expected.