Nearing Tung-chow--Japanese artillery--A cut in the river bank--A midnight attack--Home-made guns--Gate blown up --A Deputation--Suicides--The British naval guns--Business as usual--An unlucky beggar--Severed heads--A faithful little dog--A well-earned rest--The advance-guard on a reconnaissance--A conference of the Allied Generals--To march at once on Pekin.
WHILE the other troops took advantage of the day's rest at Chang-chia-wan, the Japanese advance-guard pushed on ahead, and at 1 P.M. was again fighting the enemy, with whom they had caught up, and who was running before them. In this race they had reached within 3,000 yards of Tung-chow, when they perceived with spy-glasses a great number of Chinese soldiers on the city wall and outside the town. The Japanese artillery was brought up 1,000 yards from the city, and shelled the enemy till four o'clock in the afternoon. There seemed, however, to be no sign that an effective resistance would be offered.
On nearing Tung-chow we found that the Chinese had in one place cut a ditch across the bank of the river, so as to inundate the country. They had succeeded to a certain extent. In the photograph here reproduced Japanese sappers can be seen hard at work to prevent the flow of water. Their efforts, after some hour's struggle, were rewarded with