THE INDIAN FRONTIER.
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CALCUTTA, October 1. The Ameer of Afghanistan is incensed at' the Afridis for closing the Khyber Pass, thus preventing trade between India and He is taking, steps to stop the importation of arms for the tribesmen, and has ordered the arrest of Afridi mollahs who appear in Cabul. Different sections of rebellious tribesmen have paid the British 86,000 rupees in fines.
October The Ameer has forbidden the Afghans, to join in the " Jehad," or holy war, under penalty of a thousand rupees. The Mohmands are surrendering their breech-loaders. *
The column under Colonel Jeffreys, who met with no opposition from the tribesmen, destroyed their fortifications and twelve villages. Next day a hot engagement took place with a large force of tribesmen, who were strongly posted in the Agrat and Ghat. The guides stormed the left position of the enemy, who, however, stubbornly defended themselves in rocky country on the right, and poured a murderous fire upon the attacking column. Colonel O'Brien (of the 31st Punjab Regiment) and Lieutenant W. C. Browne Clayton (of the Ist Battalion of the West Kent Regiment) were killed. The Native stronghold at Agrat was burnt, and the rebel position in Ghat was partially destroyed. Colonel Jeffreys's column then retired.
During the fighting three British privates were killed and three officers and fifteen privates were wounded, while seven sepoys were killed and twenty-three wounded.
The newspapers say it is absurd to treat with the tribesmen until they have been thoroughly crushed.
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THE INDIAN FRONTIER., Evening Star, Issue 10436, 4 October 1897
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