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  • ISBN: 1-59087-1898
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Page Count: 382
  • Publisher: Robinson Books

With the Allies to Pekin: A Tale of the Boxer Rebellion (G. A. Henty)

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The hero of this tale is Rex Bateman, the son of an English merchant at Tientsin. He is a clever lad who speaks Chinese and is not afraid to take risks. He rescues two cousins whose missionary parents have been murdered and gets them into Peking where about 500 westerners with five cannon and inadequate food will be holding on by a shoestring till help arrives. Rex’s adventures lead him to his home city and more fighting until he links up with the disunited international force struggling to reach the besieged foreigners in the capital. After a valiant two month defense, the legations are saved.

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With the Allies to Pekin

A Tale of the Boxer Rebellion

This Henty volume tells of the 19th century siege of Pekin, China. The story is a drama sure to grip the interest of young readers. At the center of the tale is Rex Bateman, the son of an English merchant at Tientsin, and his two female cousins, whom Rex rescues from the Boxers immediately after the first outbreak of rebellion. This story of heroism will flame one’s loyalty to family.

Due to the weakness of the Chinese empire, various world powers established “spheres of influence” in the coastal cities of China throughout the 19th century. A common hatred of the “foreign devils” motivated several anti-western societies to rebel, the most successful and violent of which was the “The Patriotic Society of Harmonious Fists,” known in the west as the Boxers. They fomented a rebellion which resulted in the murder of hundreds of foreigners.  Especially tragic was that this included many missionaries, as well as civil servants and their families.

An International Force

A unique international force was assembled to march on Peking and relieve the foreign legations who were heartily resisting a Boxer siege. The punitive expedition included British, French, German, Russian, Japanese, and American troops, and they fought a pitched battle with the Chinese and rescued the legations. After looting the demoralized city and exacting a huge indemnity, an “open door” policy for trade with China forestalled a general partitioning of the ancient kingdom.

The hero of this tale is Rex Bateman, the son of an English merchant at Tientsin. Rex is a clever lad who speaks Chinese and is not afraid to take risks. He rescues two cousins whose missionary parents have been murdered and gets them into Peking where about 500 westerners with five cannon and inadequate food will be holding on by a shoestring till help arrives. Rex’s adventures lead him to his home city and more fighting until he links up with the disunited international force struggling to reach the besieged foreigners in the capital. After a valiant two month defense, the legations are saved.

Table of Contents

  1. School
  2. The Boxers
  3. In Disguise
  4. A Rescue
  5. With Seymour’s Column
  6. In Pekin
  7. Fortifying the Legations
  8. A Perilous Adventure
  9. In the Enemy’s Camp
  10. A Mission
  11. The Fight at Tientsin
  12. Delays
  13. Capturing the Taku Forts
  14. Surrounded
  15. Relief in Sight
  16. The Capture of Pekin
  17. The Story of the Siege
  18. Conclusion

About the Author

British writer George Alfred Henty, who came to be known as G.A. Henty, began his storytelling with his own children. After the evening meal, it was his habit to spend an hour or more telling the children a story that he would resume the next day, and the next, until complete.  Some of his stories took weeks to tell!  A friend was present one day and watched the spell-bound reaction of all the children present.  He suggested to Mr. Henty that he had an exceptional gift. It was decided that he write down his stories for the enjoyment of others beyond his home. Henty took the counsel, began to write, and the result was over 144 books!

Besides these came shorter stories for numerous British magazines. He quickly became known as “The Prince of Story-Tellers” and “The Boy’s Own Historian.” One of Mr. Henty’s secretaries reported that he would quickly pace back and forth in his study dictating stories at a pace that the secretary could barely keep up with writing.

Henty’s stories revolve around fictional boy heroes, pictured during fascinating periods of history, amid all the true events and personalities of the times.  His heroes are smart, devoted to their country, and often find themselves in situations of great danger.  They participate in the conflict of international wars, cross oceans, conquer tyranny and bring freedom to empires, a experience a wide range of other exciting adventures.  In short, Henty’s heroes live through tumultuous historic eras meeting leaders of those times.  Every reader of Henty books will come to a greater understanding of the cultures of many nations in eras across the centuries!

Table of Contents

  1. School
  2. The Boxers
  3. In Disguise
  4. A Rescue
  5. With Seymour’s Column
  6. In Pekin
  7. Fortifying the Legations
  8. A Perilous Adventure
  9. In the Enemy’s Camp
  10. A Mission
  11. The Fight at Tientsin
  12. Delays
  13. Capturing the Taku Forts
  14. Surrounded
  15. Relief in Sight
  16. The Capture of Pekin
  17. The Story of the Siege
  18. Conclusion
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