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THE INDIAN FRONTIER.

tPBB PBESB ABSOOLA.CTON. COPYBIOHT,] ■. i. ; ■■■■'■ CALCUTTA. October 25. _ The enemy at. Sempagha are being reinforced daily, and have had" frequent skirmishes ;with the British troops. A determined resistance on the part of the tribesmen to the British advance is antici!pated.~ ■

... Captain John Graham Robinson, wing officer of the first, battalion of the Second Goorkhas, who led the Goorkhas across the exposed zone at Dargai, returned alone to bring up reihforcemepts. He was mortally wounded while leading the attack, and has since, succumbed to his injuries.

LOYALTY OF THE NATIVE PRINCES. t The Native .'ruling chiefs in all parts of Indiahave loyally offered the services of the Imperial Service troops in oonneotion with the outbreaks on the frontier. The Viceroy haaiooßpted the services of four battalions of infantry and two companies of sappers from the troops of ,the Punjab chiefs,to assist m punishing those who arc making persistent efforts to disturb the peace of the Ptuijab. The transport trains of the M&harajahs pf/Gwalior and Jaipur, whloh aig-go°.d service in the Ohitral expedition, have also been, adce'pted. The thanks of the Government oLlnaia will be conveyed toall the ruling chiefs who offered, to lendtheir troops. This unanimous action on the part of the Native rulers is regarded here as emphatio testimony of the spirit of loyalty which animates them. • .

The decision, of,the Government to employ Imperial Service troops is generally approved (says the Simla correspondent of 'The Times'), as peculiarly appropriate. The sole regret.of the" authorities is that a limited number only can be employed. These troops will be used in the field and not placed upon the lines of communication, as there in every desire to give them a chance of earning distinction. They-will unquestionably acquit themselves well, as their discipline and-training have reached a high %»itch. The young MaharajahJScindiah aocompanies hiß.transport train to Kushalgarh, near Kohat, his anxiety to see it well on its way showing, how deep his loyalty is. HeiWas anxious to go; the front in person, but ihe State which he rules so well has demands on his attention which cannot be overlooked;:;; BRITISH INDIAN,SOLDIERS MUTI- ; LATED.. . The /following extract from a letter sent Home by an offieerJof the force which fought at Malakand is published by 'The Times': —"I expect youwill have read all about the fight up.'.here in papers. . . . We lost 230 killed and wounded—eleven officers killed or wounded britof twenty-five—but the enemy lost more than 2,000 in about five fights. - When we came here the ground was still strewn pretty thickly with'corpses, and in pne corner .there was a pile of hands out off by the enemy from the bodies of our Native troops, .and evidently meant to be taken away as trophies., They always mutilate' dead bodies, horribly, too. beastly to describe; You can pick up bullets by the ton,alLtibout. . . ... These Swatis are a funny people; theyhaye taken away ten miles of milestones from the road under the impression that Sve use milestones to convey messages with; but they have also taken away the telegraph wires to make bullets. . : . I The place is a horrid trap, commanded on all Bides/i we have two companies out of eight on^picket-duty revery night on the heights round.—Malakand Camp, August

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THE INDIAN FRONTIER., Issue 10454, 26 October 1897

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THE INDIAN FRONTIER. Issue 10454, 26 October 1897

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