History of the Punjab: And of the Rise, Progress, & and Present Condition of the Sect and Nation of the Sikhs, Volume 1

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W.H. Allen, 1846 - Punjab (India)
 

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Page 160 - ... be convicted of marrying a girl to one man after her betrothment to another. The chief, or a punchayt, in general in such cases gives a verdict that the plaintiff is entitled to a female from the family ; and if there be not one, the parents or guardian must find a substitute, or as a dernier expedient, to which the injured party very unwillingly assents, the money he may have expended, or a trifle in excess with interest, is decreed to be restored to him, that he may find a spouse elsewhere....
Page 292 - In the event of a violation of any of the preceding Articles, or of a departure from the rules of friendship on the part of either State, this Treaty shall be considered to be null and void.
Page 118 - that will harm no one ; let thy coat of mail be that of understanding, and convert thy enemies to friends. Fight with valour, but with no weapon except the word of God.
Page 154 - India has extended, wherever lands are liable to such accidents by an alteration in the course of rivers. In the case of lands cast by the change of the stream from one side of the river to the other, though one chief gains and another loses, yet it is customary to preserve the rights of the Zemindar, if he consent to cultivate the lands. " The decided enmity of two chiefs is seldom a bar to an arrangement in which each finds or perceives an advantage to himself, either immediate or prospective :...
Page 111 - Rama we owe our existence, and should, therefore, show similar tenderness to all that live : of what avail is it to shave your head, prostrate yourself on the ground, or immerse your body in the stream ; whilst you shed blood you call yourself pure, and boast of virtues that you never display : of what benefit is cleaning your mouth, counting your beads, performing ablution, and bowing yourself in temples, when whilst you mutter your prayers, or journey to Mecca and Medina, deceitfulness is in your...
Page 290 - ... routed their party, after which, the biers were buried with the usual forms. Runjeet himself came up at the close of the fight; and immediately it was over, advanced in person to make apologies to the envoy, expressing his admiration of the discipline and order displayed by the British detachment, and promising his best exertions to prevent any repetition of such disorders. The circumstance made an impression on his mind as to the unfitness of his own troops to cope with those under European...
Page 162 - ... reprisals, are in the end efficacious ; and the unfortunate woman, if she do not in a fit of desperation take opium, or cast herself into a well, is necessitated to submit to the law of the land, which she will again violate on the first opportune occasion. Sense of shame or feelings of honour have no place in the breast of a Jat, and the same may be said of men of other low tribes. They will make strenuous exertions for recovery of their wives after they have absconded, and will take them back...
Page 154 - Zemindars in damming up, and turning the course of a stream into artificial pools, or cuts, for the purpose of irrigating the lands in its vicinity, causes disputes and bloodshed ; and, after much angry dissension, the result is generally a compromise stipulating for a reciprocal enjoyment of the gifts of nature. In some instances, and in contiguous estates, the parties will agree to take equal shares of the water, either by the hour, or by the day, or by measurement.
Page 86 - Muhammedans and Hindus to an exclusive attention to that sublimest of all principles, which inculcates devotion to God and peace towards man. He had to combat the furious bigotry of the one, and the deep-rooted superstition of the other; but he attempted to overcome all obstacles by the force of reason and humanity ; and we cannot have a...
Page 109 - Hindus.* You may rest," he added, " in fancied security : but beware ! for I will teach the sparrow to strike the eagle to the ground." A fine allusion to his design of inspiring the lowest races among the Hindus with that valour and ambition which would lead them to perform the greatest actions.

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