Sport in the Highlands of Kashmir (1898)

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9780217560306: Sport in the Highlands of Kashmir (1898)

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: i THE LEE-METFORD CARBINE 15 every precaution, and that misses, if they occurred, would not be attributable to mistakes which foresight and care could avoid. The cartridges for the .303 were, I understood, loaded with 40 grs. of rifleite and Jeffrey's split bullets, weighing Road In Srinagar Lined With Poplars (p. 54)- 209 grs., and were obtained ready made from the Army and Navy Stores, Bombay. The rifle came from the same establishment. I had never used a weapon of this bore, and bought it more as an experiment than from any great faith ; but I had heard men speak so highly of its value, especially for hill shooting, that I thought it was worth while giving it a trial. chapter{Section 4CHAPTER II MARCH 26-28—SRINAGAR to SHITKURI Kashmir laziness—Tiffin coolie—Lui—Rice straw for grass shoes—Wet day—Mangam—-First camp—Ponies—Mr. Jebb—Serwan—Gund— Difficulty about coolies—Rezin—Snow—Sonamerg Gorge—Shitkuri —Native hut. The morning of the 26th of March broke wet and windy, and I awoke to find the men towing. I had had an uncommonly bad night, for I had started with a cold and headache, and the wind blew in strong on me through the matting of the dunga, and the rain accompanied it and dripped from the roof, so that I slept little. We ought by daylight to have been at Manasbal, which is a very easy night's run by boat from Srinagar, but the lazy manjis had evidently taken it quietly during the night, and Abdulla had not kept them up to their work as it was his business to do. The result was that we did not reach Manasbal till 1.30 P.m. In the meantime Abdulla had arranged all baggage into loads ready for the coolies. At Manast the permanent coolies mentioned above met us, but on seven instead of eight. One of these, a man called Chan d, had been engaged a...

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