The Ashburton Guardian. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1880. Afghanistan.
TOWN EDITION. [.lssued at 5 p.m.~\
In the colonies perhaps but little interest is taken in far-off wars in which the Imperial Government may be involved, especially when the theatre of action is a comparatively unknown land. It is only when the news reaches us that our arms have received a terrible reverse that colonial interest is awakened, and we pay attention to the news. But for the Tartar England caught in the Zulu army nobody out here would have troubled about the Cape war, and but for the recent clawing up the British troops got in Afghanistan, that campaign would have passed with almost no notice. A foe that lets us ride through his country in easy won triumph is no foe at all, but one that is able to get to windward of our best generals and put our men to rout, is not a foe to be sneered at. It is the ability of the Afghans to cause trouble, and the fact that they take a lot of beating that gives them importance in British eyes, and that they are of some importance we every now and again get fresh evidence. To-day we publish a telegram showing that Britain has not yet done all her fighting in the Afghan mountains, for the city of Cabul has evidently become the scene of such a riot as not long ago occurred at Candahar. The city is said to be in a state of arnachy, and the new Ameer, Abdul Rahman, has been murdered. Britain, who favored Rahman’s accession to power, will now have the task assigned her of settling this account with the turbulent Asiatics who have fermented this tumult, so disastrous to the man whom England delighted to honor.
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