A Year on the Punjab Frontier Volume 1; In 1848-49

 
9781235944680: A Year on the Punjab Frontier Volume 1; In 1848-49
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1851 Excerpt: ...(what with assassinations, accidents, and rumours of wars), and went about their work with the air of men in a powder-mill, who know that they live on the verge of an explosion. Friday, February 4th.--General Cortlandt has taken the accounts of two tuppehs in detail, and finds that Meer Alum, their Mullick, has merely taken from them two thousand rupees over and above their proper revenue, and yet tells us that the people have not paid their arrears. These are "the good shepherds" truly. Occupied a great part of the day with taking depositions of soldiers in the Dogruh regiment. Their corps was originally raised by the Jummoo Rajuhs, who engaged jageers for raising them. Maharajuh Goolab Sing now claims their arms, and instead of applying to the Lahore Government or the British Resident for them, besets the men's homes and families in his country, and billets soldiers on them, with the announcement that they will not be withdrawn until the absent Dogruhs either send back their muskets, others in exchange, or their value. Goolab Sing was quite penurious enough to look after such small matters; but I believe his real object was to bully the men into leaving the Lahore service, and come home to him their natural chief. They would have gladly done so, had there been any comparison between the two services, for Dogruhs love their homes with the usual affection of mountaineers; but whatever might be the irregularities of the Sikh army before the English war, or its clipped and diminished privileges afterwards, there was always more hope and better pay in it than in that of Jummoo. The common pay of a soldier in Goolab Sing's service was four rupees a-month, half of which was paid in coarse flour rations, and half kept in very long arrears, the said arre...

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