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CALCUTTA, October 5. The Mchmands jeeHrigly eipitesß disappointment that Jeffbeyß’a forces did not fight on Monday- They adversely criticise guides, corps,' and artillery force.' Sixty-five thoilsand troops, the flower of British Native armies, are now collected on the north-western frontier. The first division of Lieutenant-colonel Sir William Lockhart’s column will be Under the command of Lieutenant-colonel W. J. Syruoris, and the second division Under Colonel lAtggv October 6. The Anieer of Afghanistan, replying- to a deputation of tribesmen Who applied to him for assistance against the British; strongly condemned the taking of allowances While raising causeless rebellion, and quoted from the Koran showing the sacred ness of the duty to fulfil promises to Great Britain. He said he had not departed from the agreement, and he would never swerve from the alliance made with her. The Ameer clearly explains to his own subjects that the British policy is not intended to take Afghanistan, and refers to the folly of Shere Ali and Yakoob Khan in their intrigues with Russia in years past. _ He justifies the alliance with Great Britain on the ground that it secures the defence of Afghanistan. Sir William Lockhart and Major-general Lord Methuen have arrived at Khaton their way to the Tirah stronghold. Three columns of the expeditionary force which operates against the stronghold of the tribesmen at Tirah will leave Peshawar on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday next, going across the Kohat Pass.

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THE INDIAN FRONTIER., Issue 10439, 7 October 1897

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THE INDIAN FRONTIER. Issue 10439, 7 October 1897

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