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It fa by a happy coincidence (aays 'the " Saturday Review) that, along with the justly Indignant letter of the late Major Batttelot'a brother, "The Times" has been able to publish a oommanioatioa from Mr Burdett Ooutts which disposes at ono3 and finally of the infamous slanders with whloh the memory of an Bngllah officer, slain m what was virtually hii country's service, has been aasaded, These " oowaidly lies," as Mr Walter BsrtteloUs fully justified In styling them, were traceable from the very first, and were, la faot, traoed to a source which would have made any man with only a grain more cf justice and charity than goes to the equipment of a modern ' philanthropist " suspend judgment^npon them. They were known to rest on the authority of a dismissed interpreter of the expedition — or m other wordi of » personal enemy of its leader — and upon no other bvldence whatever. This man, Asaad Farran, la now m London, and has had an interview with Mr Burdett-Ooutts at the offloe of the Emm Pasha Belief Committee, There and then he admitted that at the time he told the stories en the Congo he was animated by feelings of intense hostility both to Mejor Barttelot and to Mr Jameson, and In the presence of Mr Buidett-Ooutts and another member of the committee he made a formal deolarailon of withdrawal of his charges. In thfs document be states that "the alleged severities towards bis men, of whloh Major Bsrttelot was accused, were an exercise of discipline whloh was rendered absolutely neoeaoary m the interests of the expedition by the circumstances In whloh Major Barttelot was placed at the oamp at Yambuya and by the mutinous conduct of his men." Concurrently with this* ret;aotatlon of the slander by its Afrloan propagator, It has been repudiated by the only European who had been vouohed In Its support, Mr Troup, the offioer of the expedition who was invalided home In June Ust, and who, It was iuendaolously alleged or suggested, would oon firm Assad Farran's ntory, will have none of It, Though too ill to take any aotlve part In the controversy, he his authorised Sir Francis De Wlntoa to lay be is not reiponeible for the statements Imputed to dim. Snob, then, Is the end of the mallolous isle hatched by a discharged andrevengtful latlve servant of the slandered offioer, and nateroally fostered by those good English 3brlstisns with whom all ohloka of that cind are sure of affeotionate nurture.

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A SLANDER EXPOSED, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2000, 29 November 1888

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A SLANDER EXPOSED Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2000, 29 November 1888