Anecdotes and Reminiscences of Service in Bengal

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Courier Office, 1878 - India - 213 pages
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Page 143 - Let no rich canopy cover my grave : this grass is the " best covering for the tomb of the poor in spirit. The " humble, the transitory Jehanara, the disciple of the ", holy men of Cheest, the daughter of the Emperor Shah
Page 133 - The door of the khwabgah opens, the large drums thunder from the noubutkhana over the great door-way of the palace. A nakib issues forth, mace in hand, and proclaims, in that monotonous tone so familiar to dwellers in the East, the titles of his master. Immediately after him appears in the door-way a broad-chested man of somewhat advanced years. He is simply dressed, but there is a certain chasteness in the simplicity which shows that some little care has been taken to produce it. The material is...
Page 59 - Phillips, magistrate of Etah, ride up to the house, escorted by about a dozen horsemen, some belonging to different regiments of irregular horse, others common police sowars. He gave a most deplorable account of the state of things in his district, and had himself, with his men, had an affair with a body of rebels in the town of Khasgunj, in which he killed no less than three men with his own hand. He had come across the Ganges, with the view of going to Bareilly to procure some military aid to put...
Page 134 - You remark his arms — they are so unusually long — his face is very clear, and the colour of the blood so discernible as to give a rich tinge to his olive complexion ; his eyebrows are joined and lowering, which tends to give a severe expression to the excessively bright eyes, which they half conceal. This is Akbar. His appearance is the signal for a loud and general cry of Allaho Akbar!
Page 160 - I were twenty years younger he'd get six feet by three. And if I were forty years younger, with my life before me to choose, I wouldn't be lectured by Kafirs, or bullied by fat Hindoos ; But I'd go to some far-off country where Musalmans still are men, Or take to the jungle, like Cheetoo, and die in the tiger's den.
Page 60 - ... things in his district, and had himself, with his men, had an affair with a body of rebels in the town of Khasgunj, in which he killed no less than three men with his own hand. He had come across the Ganges, with the view of .going to Bareilly to procure some military aid to put down the disturbances. I was forced to disabuse him of this hope, informing him that I had already myself more than once applied for aid in vain, as none could be spared.
Page 157 - Settlement Hakim, to teach us to plough and to weed, (I sowed the cotton he gave me, but first I boiled the seed) : He likes us humble farmers, and speaks so gracious and wise As he asks of our manners and customs ; I tell him a parcel of lies.
Page 68 - We marched from six o'clock in the morning until the afternoon, when, completely exhausted by the terrific heat and dust, we came upon a small hamlet. There an old soldier, a pensioner of our Government, who had served in Afghanistan, greatly commiserated our position, and in answer to our request for water brought us milk and chupatties, which were most acceptable in our fainting state. We rested here for an hour, and on going away I offered the old man a little money in return for his hospitality....
Page 90 - ... artillery could do little but fire into the village and the grove of trees. Their infantry, emboldened by impunity, advanced and occupied the village; their artillery which had first fired high, acquired the exact range ; two tumbrils on our left half-battery were exploded. On this a cloud of sowars poured with yells from behind the village, and made a resolute attempt to charge the hampered guns ; they were met bya discharge of grape and a volley from a company of the 3rd, and retired in confusion.

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