--The New York Times' correspondent at Shanghai
furnishes interesting details of Chinese
news to the 18th of August. ‘The Allied fleet anchored a few miles from the mouth of the Pei-ho on the 30th of July, and the debarkation commenced on the 1st of August--the French
securing the honor of first landing by jumping into the water and wading ashore.
The forts of the Peh-tang village, having been previously abandoned by the Chinese, were occupied by the Allies next day. The position of the Chinese on the Pei-ho river is represented to be a very strong one, and, in addition to these fortifications, they have two bodies of troops, one numbering 10,000, and the other from 40,000 to 50,000.
It was expected that the attack would certainly be made on the 12th or 13th, as a longer delay might result in a great deal of sickness, from the malaria of the marshes.
, our Minister, was with the Allied fleet, as was our entire naval force on the station.
This fact gave great dissatisfaction to the American
residents of Shanghai
, who could not see the necessity of two American war steamers at the Pei-ho, especially when Shanghai
was threatened by a rebel force of 20,000, which was reported to be only four miles off. The whole available force in the city to defend it was only about 1,500 men.’