This is a picture of Major Yamaguchi, Richard Barry and Major Oda, General Nogi's confidential messenger. The picture was taken at the entrance of General Nogi's headquarters during the fall of 1904, while the siege of Port Arthur was in progress. The Japanese officers were a highly educated, very intelligent set of men, the most striking feature of whom was their never changing courtesy in all their arduous work. Every common soldier in that army was a gentleman, and their officers were paragons of fine manners under the most trying circumstances. When they were asked whether they believed it possible to take Port Arthur they smiled confidently, but never uttered a boasting word, never. All they said was : "The Emperor has commanded us to take Port Arthur, and we must obey."