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A Base Ingrate.

A sergeant of the line in'tKe"course of a graphic account.of the ; battle o^, Tel-el- ' Kebir relates the following incident: The \: first wounded man rattendedjt^ was ah r Egyptian whose moans were pitepus,. and ! -< on examination ,1 found him 'severely v v wounded in the belly; 'I poured' Borneo eau de Cologne down.his.throat and used ', } my own surgical-bandage" to' bind up his w wound so as to keep:the fliesj frota. it. Then I lit a cigarette, put it in his~mouth placed more beside him,,and gave him a drink of water. He kissed my hand and muttered something about: ,^ Allah." I - had not left him. far .when,-I,.heard the crack of a rifle, and ;a bullet whizzed by . my ear. , Looking round I 'stiff thejunoke ' of. the shot drifting, away front,whew, my • ->' -wounded man lay, .and noticedv.that he was quietly taking aim at me again.^ He \ had fire a secondshot, wbichalso missed me,' before I reached him,, and I ; had no compunction in driving the, life out of him with. my: bayonet; remarking to myself as I took the weapon out of him* for the last time : " You won't come that game any more, you ungrateful brute V . Many such instainces'.bf this 'treacherous hate occurred.

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A Base Ingrate., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2429, 14 May 1890

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A Base Ingrate. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2429, 14 May 1890

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