A day's rest--Disgusting cruelty--Japanese in touch with the enemy--A Conference of Allied Generals--The Allied line of march -- The French troops and their Commissariat -- The Allied Cavalry--The Advance-guard fighting enemy's cavalry-- GeneralMa's cook--Half-way to Pekin-Skirmish at Ho-si-wu --The Tskamoto brigade--Storming Matao--A surprise at Chang-chia-wan--Under cover--Intelligence of horses--A halt --Mahomedans.
THE day's rest was partly spent in washing faces and hands (the water of the river was not fit for bathing, owing to the number of corpses and dead horses floating in it); and partly in lying about in camp, trying to keep away tiresome flies, or devouring the contents of "canned tomato" and "corned beef" tins. When one got tired of these occupations, one went about to the different camps, where one was invariably received with much jovial civility.
A disgusting bit of cruelty took place a few yards from the American camp, owing to the misunderstanding of an order given by a superior officer.
A crowd of soldiers took before him (the American officer) a Chinese prisoner, with hands bound behind his back, who, they said, was a Boxer spy.
"What are we to do with him, sir?" inquired the guard.
"Take him away," was the reply, "and do with him what you'd----- please."