"The following narrative is a record of my experiences during the late memorable war between China and Japan. Now it is all over I wonder more and more at the slightness of the hazard which suddenly placed me at such a period in so strange an experience."
gain, we had drifted helplessly over to the Corean coast, and it was all we could do to claw off-shore until the tempest abated, which it did very suddenly, as it had risen.
As the wind fell, we ran under the lee of an island, oblong, high, and thickly wooded, not far from a heavy promontory of the coast. Here we lay for two or three hours repairing damages. Of course we had no accurate idea whereabouts we had got to, but we reckoned that we could not be far from Chemulpo, a very undesirable neighbourhood from our point of view, as the port was in the hands of the Japanese, who were engaged in landing troops there, and whose armed ships would of course be in the vicinity. It was, therefore, necessary for us to spend as little time thereabout as possible. As soon as things were ship-shape once more--and luckily for ourselves we had sustained no real injury--steam was got up to regain our former course. It was already quite dark as we passed out from beneath the land; two bells in the first night-watch,