On to Pekin

On to Pekin

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...showed themselves in the long grass to the westward, and the four companies of Americans opened fire on them. Then the embankment was gained, and the troops slipped through the gate mentioned, just as a Chinese fieldgun sent a twelve-pound shot after them. The shot took of f the top of a near-by flagstaff, but otherwise did no damage. Once inside of the outer wall of Tien-Tsin, the battalion felt fairly safe for the time being. Still, they were but a short distance from the Chinese quarter; and it was soon learned that the Celestials had from ten to twenty thousand troops on hand, with many more pouring into the neighborhood every day. Vhat the outcome of the fighting at Tien-Tsin would be, no one cared to predict. It was felt that the Allies needed re-enforcements very much. "What a mixture of troops! " such was Gilbert's comment when first he saw the camp of the Allies. English, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Japanese were represented; and of these troops there were numerous branches, such as the Chinese-Eng lish, the East Indian English, and the J apanese-German and Chinese-French. It was a conglomeration as startling as it was interesting. Some few of the troops were on ponies and horses, but the majority were afoot. All were armed in the latest fashion, however; and the general appearance presented was formidable. "China must think it has the world against it," observed Gilbert, after the company had come to a halt and Major Morris had gone off to report to his superior. " And so it has," answered Captain Banner. " Civilization is going to move on; and China must move, too, or take the consequences." The battalion was too tired out to do anything but rest; and a cool, shady...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236797132
  • 9781236797131