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The cable despatches from French have not been permitted. The The Situation in China the past week have whereabouts of the Empress Dowager and Peking
been unsatisfactory read- Emperor are not absolutely known, but ing to one who wishes to get a clear view opinion is gaining strength that they have of actual conditions, not so much because fled to Hsianfu in Shensi. The American they have been meager as because they loss in the fighting of August 14 and 15, have been contradictory and often obvi- when Peking was carried, was only six ously the merest rumor-as, for instance, killed (including Captain Reilly, of the the absurd despatch from Chifu on Satur- Fifth Artillery) and about thirty wounded. day stating that Germany, Russia, and The first despatch from Minister Conger Japan were about to unite in declaring began : “Saved.
began : “Saved. Relief arrived to-day war against China and in requesting Eng. [despatch undated). Entered city with land and the United States to withdraw little trouble.” Another significant sentheir troops. It is certain that the assault tence in a despatch (August 19) from Mr. on Peking was precipitated a day earlier Conger is: “No representatives of the than intended by the renewal of attacks Chinese Government in sight in Peking ; on the legations by the Chinese, with conditions chaotic.” Even more signifithe severest firing of the whole siege, cant are his statements that “the whole although, with habitual duplicity, the movement is purely a governmental one; Tsungli-Yamen had on that very day sent the Boxers are only a pretense.” word to the Foreign Ministers that they had strictly forbidden such firing and would court-martial any who disobeyed.
The capture of Pe
More Fighting Probable Admiral Remey cabled that the Ameri
king by no can troops were the first to enter the implies that the Powers have no more Imperial City. The Japanese set a guard fighting before them. The Chinese in about three of the gates to this inner or this war have constantly done the unforbidden city, and it is doubtful whether expected thing. The resistance offered that part of Peking has been actually to Admiral Seymour surprised those occupied by the allies, or whether, the who thought the Chinese were cowardly resistance inside having been quelled, the and ill-armed ; at Peitsang the allies allies are holding the inner city guarded found a Chinese army with better guns for future action. Dr. Morison, the Lon- than their own, who fought bravely and don “ Times's” correspondent, who was desperately, and killed and wounded the first to get through an intelligible twelve hundred of their enemies. By this account of the siege of the legations, time the world began to expect effective last week cabled, “ Peking is now en- fighting on the part of the Chinese; the tirely under foreign control," adding, surprise was equally great, then, at the “ Looting is proceeding systematically.” feeble resistance and apparent panic of This may possibly refer to looting by the the Chinese forces all the way from PeiChinese themselves, which other despatches tsang to Peking. But now that Peking is have mentioned; it is fervently hoped that captured and the Manchu Government the soldiers of the Powers have been kept has fled, the cable despatches tell us that under restraint, and that such demoralizing large bodies of the best Chinese troops scenes as marked the destruction of the are again invading the country south and Summer Palace in 1860 by the English and west of Peking, and Japanese officers