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MAHARAJAH DHULEEP SINGH

Tbe Paris " Voltaire " prints an Inter▼tew with tbe Mabarejth Dhnleep Singh, pretender to the throne of the Indian Empire. HU Majesty had reoeotly arrived m Paris and oooaples apartment! m the Champs Elysees. He Is desoribed •« a very bright and Intelligent manabjut 50 years of age, with flashing black eyes, aud short and thick-set m build. He proposes to take the Indian Empire from the Queen of England, and to place its orown upon his own head Tbe ( Voltaire " soema to think that he will yet give considerable trouble to the British Government.' "Yon with to speak oa me In your journal," eaid Hla M»jesty. «• Very well ; but m the English papers they have already published all sorts of fantastic and ridiculous stories about me. However, that is of no consequence, for I oare nothing about what they say of me. But I visit to assert that I am strong m the jast.oe of my OAUse, and that I seek the aid of nobody. My father was the King of Pud j tub, the ruler of 22,000,000 of subjoota, and the time Is not far distant when I aball be proclaimed King of 350,000,000 of my ojmpatriota. lam th« son of one of my fathers' 46 wives, not the eldest son, for he was aooldenUlly killed on tbe day of his father's funeral. A portion of the grating \u the palaoa fell upon him and orushed his skull. In oonaequeooa of this accident there was general confusion m the family. My brothers were exterminated and I was proclaimed King of PaDJ»ub at the age of live years, my tn nher being placed at the head of tho Rogenoy Oounoll. In my country my mother was considered a supernatural womaa. When tbe innurrtciton broke nut the Eagllsh forced my mother to remain neutral by making me their prisoner. 'If t gave the signal of revolt to the Sikhs,' raid ahe, « the English would kill my son. Therefore I oin do nothing for you t Submit to the English and abide yoor time, The day of deliverance will come for the Sikhs, as well as for all tbe people of India. My son will do for you what I oancot hope to do,' Well, the English Government took me under its oare and promised me an income of a million francs a year, when I had by right m my kingdom m personal property, outside of what I possessed as Chief of the State, and m mines and lands, » revenue of ten millions." "And up to what age have you exercised tbe power of King of Punjaub ?" «• Twelve years." " That must have been quite a different sort of life from that which you nave had since," 41 Ah, you may say so ! The oil mute, the vegetation, and, above all, tho mode of living In tbe West, are very different indeed from what ire have m the East." '* Speaking of customs, would it bu indiscreet to ask yon bow many wives you have r " 1 have only two at present, but I oan take as many as I want ; for since my quarrel with the English Government 1 have renonnoed Christianity and gone baok to tbe religion of my fathers. That displeased the royal family of England, as you may easily suppose) for I was the Oompanlon of the Prince of Wales, who o<me to hunt every year upon my properly m England. Bat I have very good friends In Russia, which ooun'ry l intend to make my adopted land while awaiting events V " What events V "A European war, naturally; In the coming struggle it <s probable that England will bsve one nation at least against her, and I don't need any more. Theu I will immediately give tbe signal to my partisans, ar.d all India will risß against' the British Empire. — We are well prepared already but we don't propose to begin until the attention of England la oalled elsewhere.'' " And may 1 ask you to what we owe tbe honor of your presence m Paris f" 11 1 oould not very well tell you that. I came to remain a few days, but I am so well pleased that I don't intend to leave until after I have seen tbe Exposition." 11 Do you see mooh company m Paris V " As little as possible, for 1 am m a false position. I should have a pssspott, but since I have broken with England I have do papers to show. On arrlvlDg m Paris I considered It my duty to write to Mt Carnot, asking him to take me under his protection, but he has not' answered my letter, Jn fact, that is about the only thing that troubles me. I *m a" king without a kingdom, and without nationality. That is a difficulty that one does not get rid of by smoking a cigarette and daressing the dog that you see here. For the present I am somewhat like him. tbe friend of everybody that pats my baok, bat J seek the friendship of nobody."

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MAHARAJAH DHULEEP SINGH, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2066, 18 February 1889

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MAHARAJAH DHULEEP SINGH Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2066, 18 February 1889

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