China in Convulsion, Vol. 2 of 2

China in Convulsion, Vol. 2 of 2

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Excerpt from China in Convulsion, Vol. 2 of 2: With Numerous Illustrations and Maps

When the incessant calls for labour had first to be met, much confusion reigned for many days. Let an actual case stand as a sample: At nine O'clock one evening an order came from Col. Shiba. Commanding the Japanese in the Su Wang Eu, for ten men and fifty sand bags for immediate use. The superintendent secured the bags, but could find only four available men. He then waked up another gentleman who, being appointed on a wholly different committee had nothing to do with the present exigency, but assisted on general principles. On arriving at the Eu this gentle man learned that Col. Shiba had already got the men needed from the Roman Catholics near at hand.

Meantime a note had come to the British Legation from the American Captain on the wall, requiring twenty men to raise higher the western wall Of the eastern barri cade, as the Chinese west barricade was firing into it.

The superintendent excused a lad too small to handle the huge bricks on the wall, and sent the same Obliging substitute with the three men on hand to aid the band that were kept permanently in the American Legation for emergencies, but happened on this occasion already to have been working all day. When he arrived there the Captain who gave the order had been relieved, and his successor in charge knew nothing about any call for men, but informed the conductor of the workmen that it had been decided to postpone the work until daylight, when it would be done better. The ad interim assistant, the superintendent and' the Chinese were then enabled to retire for what remained of the night.

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