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Dboleep Singh, who le stated m » cablegram to be trying to sot on foot another Indian Mutiny, U a disaffected ex-Mahara jih of Pur jaab. Wheo hl« father died (1838 or 39) the principality was m anph a demoralised condition that the B ltiah Government determined to annex it, one of the conditions befog that the yoong Mahan jab iboald receive £40,000 a year. He afterwards beoime a Christian, and took up hit abode m EngUnd and became naturalised. In '64 he married a Protestant lady, a British subj ot, at Alexandria He purobsssd a handsome estate m England, and lived on it many years, qalte ia tbe style of " the fine old English gentleman." In 1885 be presented a olalm on the Government for inoreose of pension ard payment of persona} debts— (from whloh ire most infer that.thls specimen. of Lord Salisbury's "black man "was extremely extraragantW-aod for other things to whloh ha considered himself entitled. Tbe olaljo being disallowed, ha left England In a haff, and was by no means Eaolfied by being refuted permission to md la India. Blnoe then ha hag wandered ftboat the continent, spending maob of his time m Ruula, talking of " the wrongs of India," and trying to inlerest the Russians on the subject. The Sikhs mentioned m tbo.:. cablegram are, substantially, the people of tbe Pun j mb. They are splendid soldier*, as tbe British fonDd to their cost m a ooopln of wars, m '45-'4O and '48 '4# Fere z^sbad, Ailwal, Sobraon, Obilll»nwn)U and Gujeratmay be remembered by readers of history or historical fiotlon as the names of places where Ihe British arms were severely tried. The " Prloces " Dhuleep refers to are independent native princes onder British protection, whp still rule over a Urge proportion, of the great peninsula, There Is a good deal of grumbling at the British rnle among some sections of the natives of India, 'ut on the other band other sections see that they are better off than ever they were before.

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DHULEEP SINGH., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2068, 20 February 1889

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DHULEEP SINGH. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2068, 20 February 1889