A Yankee Belligerent in China
--Capturing Cities by Contract
--The Paris Journal
des Debates, in the course of a letter from Shanghai
, dated August 16th; states that a number of foreign adventurers have joined the Imperial
troops, and in their conflicts with the Tai Ping
rebels, are achieving a desperate and bloody reputation.
Among these soldiers of fortune is an American named Ward
, who, it appears, agrees to capture cities by job work.
The correspondent writes:
had collected a troop of four to five thousand Tagalog, belonging to Manilla, and about a dozen sailors from different seaports of the East
He and his men were paid by the Tou-Tai, or Mayor
, three hundred and fifty taels, or about three thousand francs a month, and he enjoyed the title of Colonel
But that was not all. When he retook a city from the insurgents, he received a reward proportionate to the service he had rendered.
For instance, the retaking of Sung-Kiang brought the gallant Colonel
the sum of 87,500 francs.
Such remuneration would have stimulated the ardor of men more scrupulous than Mr. Ward
The city of Tseng-Pow, near Shanghai
, was taken by the rebels.
The Tou-Tai was in great trepidation, but Ward
re-assured him, and offered to make all right for a personal reward of 300,000 francs.
Arrived at Tseng-Pow he gave the signal of assault, and was received by a shower of balls.
is brave, and he determined to prove himself worthy the confidence of the Tou-Tai.
Twice repulsed, twice he returned to the charge Climbing the walls with but about fifty of his followers, he found himself face to face with the chief of the Tai-Pings; he fired at him twice, but missed.
‘"You rascal,"’ replied his adversary in good English
, ‘"I'll show you that I can fire better than you,"’ and he did show it by shooting the Colonel
in the stomach and leg. Yet Ward
escaped, though the greater portion of his men were lost.
He is now at Shanghai
, and, as he is of good constitution, it is probable that in a few weeks he will be up again and at the head of a band of brigands, anxious to repair his ill-luck."