That's spams for you. If it didn't happen in or involving Seppos, it didn't happen.
Just for comparison, the Taiping Rebellion had just dragging to a conclusion about 5 years previously. It devastated an area of China the size of Western Europe from the Pyrenees to Hungary and cost at a conservative estimate 20 million dead. It was fought almost entirely with bladed weapons.
Add in Russian actions in Central Asia and the Indian Mutiny and this wasn't even the first instance that century.