The captivity, sufferings, and escape of James Scurry, who was detained a prisoner during ten years, in the dominions of Hyder Ali and Tippoo Saib

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H. Fisher, 1824 - 363 pages
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I was in search of this book in India. Thank you very much for making it available. I study the malabar christians.
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Amazing book, giving insight of histroy, Describing the way tipu army functioned. I am a manglorean christian, my grandma used to tell me tipoo used to capture girls from our community for his sailgo, and those opposed were killed, by reading this book i can comprihend that what she told was true. for further reading click the link below
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Page 133 - ... suit their holds to their opponent's body, with every part of which, as far as concerned them, they were well acquainted. If one got a hold against which his antagonist could not guard, he would be the conqueror ; they would frequently break each other's legs and arms ; and, if anyway tardy, Tippu had means of infusing spirit into them, for there were always two stout fellows behind each, with instruments in their hands that would soon put them to work. They were obliged to fight as long as Tippu...
Page 230 - ... a pearl rosary was continually ornamental of his person. The pearls of which it consisted were of uncommon size and beauty ; they had been the collection of many years, and were the pride of his dress. Whenever he could purchase a pearl of extraordinary size, he never omitted the opportunity, making it supply, on his rosary, the place of another inferior in form and beauty.
Page 132 - They had on their right hands the wood-guamootie (wajramushti) of four steel talons, which were fixed to each back joint of their fingers, and had a terrific appearance when their fists were closed. Their heads were close shaved, their bodies oiled, and they wore only a pair of short drawers. On being matched, and the signal given from...
Page 118 - We were one day informed, that each of us was to have a wife ; for this piece of news we were extremely sorry, but there was no possibility of our preventing their designs. There were, at this time, a number of young girls, who had been driven with their relations out of the Carnatic, when Hyder infested that country.
Page 132 - ... four steel talons, which were fixed to each back joint of their fingers, and had a terrific appearance when their fists were closed. Their heads were close shaved, their bodies oiled, and they wore only a pair of short drawers. On being matched, and the signal given from Tippoo, they began the combat, always by throwing the flowers, which they wear round their necks, in each other's faces ; watching an opportunity of striking with the right hand, on which they wore this mischievous weapon, which...
Page 227 - The columns of grenadiers dashed, as it were, across the river, at noon day, despising the difficulties of the passage, to mount the breach, which could have been praticable alone to their irresistible force and bra very.
Page 223 - Prom the late plentiful rains, and the peculiar construction of the tanks, •which could not be entirely drained, there was no deficiency of water ; and though the usual attempts had been made to poison it, by steeping in it the bruised branches of the...
Page 230 - Scehib, one of the sirdars who came with the hostage princes to Lord Cornwallis. He constantly wore a ruby ring, which was esteemed by him as the most valuable in his treasury. His turban also was always adorned with a jewel of great value ; and a pearl rosary was a continual ornament of his person. The pearls of which it consisted, were of uncommon size, and beauty. They had been the colleÚlion of many years, and were the pride of his dress. When ever he could purchase a pearl of extraordinary...
Page 105 - Malabar Christians were brought to have their noses and ears cut off, for refusing their daughters when Tippoo demanded them for his seraglio, was a horrid dismal hole, which we named the Bull, as there was an image considerably larger than life, of that animal, on the building, which was originally designed for an Hindoo place of worship, but by Tippoo converted into a dungeon. This prison we frequently passed, and expected, sooner or later, to occupy some part of it. Very few who were •<> unfortunate...
Page 80 - Munro on first hearing the noise of the engagement. This junction was effected on the 9th of September, and next morning orders were given for the whole army to march ; Colonel Fletcher's detachment being dispersed in different parts of the line. From the. moment they began to march, the enemy played off their rockets, which, however, did but little execution ; but about ten at ni.;lit.

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