the leader of the American contingent, was highly commended for his bravery and resourcefulness.
On June 17, the Chinese forts at Taku opened fire upon the warships of the allied forces, and those of Germany, Russia, Great Britain, France, and Japan immediately returned the bombardment.
The fortifications were finally captured at the point of the bayonet by soldiers landed at a point enabling them to assault in the rear.
Over 100 Europeans were killed and wounded in this engagement; the Chourt emanating from the imperial palace.
At the same time the Chinese government officially declared, by its representatives abroad, that it guaranteed the security of the legations.
Third—On June 11 Mr. Sujyama, chancellor of the legation of Japan, while in the discharge of an official mission, was killed by regulars at the gates of the city.
In Peking and in several provinces foreigners were murdered, tortured, or attacked by the Boxers and the regular troops, and such as escaped death o