The Sikhs and Afghans, in Connexion with the India and Persia, Immediately Before and After the Death of Ranjeet Singh: From the Journal of an Expedition to Kabul Through the Panjab and the Khaibar Pass

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Page 547 - Frontier, and who, gallantly supported by the officers and men of all ranks under him, and seconded by the cordial aid of the Sikh Government — an aid, the more honourable, because rendered at a painful crisis of its affairs, — opened the Khyber Pass...
Page 284 - ... the system of gunnery used by that nation has also been adopted. At the conclusion of the exercise, we walked down the line and inspected the ordnance. The two guns on the right of the battery were six-pounders, and were the same that Lord William Bentinck had presented to Runjeet Singh at Roopur.
Page 65 - ... and on riding up to see the cause of their assembling, perceived in the midst of them a man stretched on the ground at full length, who had, half an hour before, been deprived of both his hands, as a punishment for the crime of stealing. A few quiverings about the muscles of his legs were all that betokened he still existed ; but he was insensible, and no wonder, as he had bled profusely, and he was thus being inhumanly left to perish, as no one dared to assist him. The block, a rude piece of...
Page 404 - Page 339. If the reader will look at Lieutenant Barr's sketch given in the frontispiece, he may judge of the locality up which the horsemen were to charge ; and will probably concur with us in the opinion that the Seikh commander only displayed a proper discretion. Had the order been obeyed...
Page 62 - ... on board (and many did) had, after receiving their portion of thumps with the rest, to tumble in head foremost, or were dragged in by the feet or hands, whichever limb was nearest to their friends who had previously obtained a footing. Children too were in danger of being crushed ; and I understand it is not a rare occurrence for two parties to draw swords and have a regular set to for the precedence ; indeed, Foulkes mentioned that not long ago a man deliberately levelled his matchlock and shot...
Page 480 - ... people, while it caused a disregard for the local authorities of the kingdom. The more we found the people quiet, the more steps we took in shaking off their confidence. We neither took the reins of government in our own hands, nor did we give them in full powers into the hands of the Shah Shuja-ul-Mulk. Inwardly or secretly we interfered in all transactions, contrary to the terms of our own engagement with the Shah ; and outwardly we wore the mask of neutrality.
Page 402 - The ghorcheras were then to gallop forward, plunder the place, and retreat with the spoil behind our position. On emerging from the defile, preparatory to wheeling into action, we were received by a shower...
Page 285 - We then tried some of his fuzes, which are very good, and burn true; and his portfires are also tolerable, but when compared with those in use with every other part of the Sikh army, admirable; as with the latter, they are nothing but cases filled with pounded brimstone indifferently rammed down. All the shot was formed of...
Page 403 - Nothing was now to be heard on all sides but the roar of musketry, momentarily drowned by the louder reports of a zumboor, a mortar, or a howitzer, the discharges from which were re-echoed from the narrow chasms of the pass. Meanwhile, I had explained Wade's commands to the...
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