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THE INDIAN FRONTIER.

,{Paa 'Pbbm Association.—Copyright.]

: V'. ••• • CALCUTTA. October; 26.- • the fighting at Dargai a piper .belonging to the Gordon Highlanders was shot through bqtfe ankles.,: Despite his woundshe - sat and-iplayed the pipes amidst a hail of bullets. :•

;■ ’The; tribesmen lost 1,000 men in - the recent battle at Dargai.

Thr following ds an, extract from a letter received from an officer in the Malakand Field-Force:—

First Brigade Camp,-Aroandara, Swat Valley^ • v,W® came backto this place a week ago,, and the I‘irat Brigade, of which we are a part, has been concentrated here; hut though the concern' tration is complete and we are ready to move anyWhere, we have been sitting idle,-waiting for orders, i-i This •» always- an. awful mistake: but what can one expect .when the. whole affair is run Treat Simla, and-Loudon? This. inactivity is causing a good deal of discontent, as is the too conciliatory; -policy of- Government, which is showing itself; If. it -is persisted in, we shall only kayo another row in a "few years’ time, as the people have no senseot gratitude, and leniency in their vievv means weakness. In the 1895 expedition they wera treated far-too well. Their villages,were not .touched; their produce was bought at exorbitant-rates, and they were treated as brothers.. This, time we; have hot been so lenient,-but still we have, not gone far enough. Every village should be burnt, their crops' uestroyed, their cattle-driven off—in fact; such a punishment, given; that .they would not recover from it for ten'years. “For the last few days il rea ?r be en coining through on their way to the Malakand to, interview the political officers, and of -course' the villages 1 they .represent 3 HaVe been immediately forgiven; and now all molestatmn of the enemy has been forbidden, and we sit our heels. . The Swat Valley is very pretty -fu'hir , A f on l Present about ten miles from the Malakand Kotal, it is about four miles wide, and the ground on this side (the left bank) of the river is a dry and level plain, excellent for cavalry,. but about five miles further up the valley narrows, and is entirely taken np by irrigated rice fields, making it too heavy for cavalry . Since I last wrote the rising of the Mohmunds across, the frontier and other raids in-the Peshawur Valley have.taken place,, and so the Second Brigade may operate against them on a route whfth comes m .at . the back of the Eeshawur .Valley, while another force, with Peshawur as a base, Would join hands and place these troublesome, scoundrels between two fires. This rising coming so soon after the attack on the Malakand’ Rhows.that all are parts of one vast scheme, which has fallen through pro tem. simply owing to the inability of Natives to work with and trust each * *l r ‘ TheMpbmunda.-evidently awaited events at tne-Malakantf; If they had attacked simultaneously the result niight have been very different. It is amazing that we should have been ThiSSsfSJi'Sl around us. The political at, the Malakand knew nothing, and *be officers were playing polo when they heard that the gathering \vas~only five miles off and coming up rapidly. . One of the instigators of this rising has been traced to Delhi, and the victory of the lurks in the recent war has stimulated it by producing a general Mahomedan revival throughout India.- It seems clear now that most of the events which have disturbed men’s minds of late are, directly or indirectly, due to the same cause.

THE FIGHTING IN MALAKAND. From a private source the following letter from Malakand has alsc^b^eirreceived ; The scene here on my arrival from Toehi was a most realistic battlefield. The enemy's dead-were lying m helms in every direction and in every possible attitude, most of the bodies being more or less decomposed. -Villages were blazing all round and horses and mules lay about here and there. The rocks surrounding Malakand camp are just one mass of bullet marks, which is hardly to be ononn a j’ s ? e * n 8 that one regiment alone fired 30,000 rounds in one night. The enemy's total losses were estimated at 2,700 killed; the number ofwounded is not known. Our losses were two officers and fifty men lulled, and fifty officers and 500 men most sanguinary fight that there has been for many a long year. Unfortunately, I n s T to ° late . A? see the fighting here, but I came in for a sharp encounter ok ‘"f’ Sv. 7 doWB ,' t m charge of a convoy of about 30u camels, with an escort of six sowais. Just as I got to a. little ..fort called Kaiari the enemy (100 to-200 strong) attacked the convoy and fi° Uß ' 7 ‘ Y’A hj twenty rifles from the fort I hem them in check, while I sentasowai galloping back for twenty more rifles that I knew were on picket three-inties away, As soon as thf ae came up I despatched them under a Native Jura the enemy's right flank, while I withthc others advanced straight along the road. ■ first I. remained mounted, and was consequently saluted with a volley which whizzed all about me, but luckily did-not touch me nor my horse. One bullet, though, passed veiy close to my hoad and lodged in tha wall of the fort behind me, which was on dlghtly higher ground. I have got that bullet: a sepoy dug it out from the wall BtiC 8 ti C - rae - Tha enemy retired °' or the bills.Their, fire was not very straight; so, although the bullets were flying around and kicking up the ground merrily, none of us were hit. we-Cleared the enemy off the nearest bill, .tilling some of them, and then proceeded to drive them off the hills near the roan, which here goes through a narrow pass called the Shlnkal ivotai, in order to relieve the convoy coming the other way, which was done successfully-without loss to my party. We got to Saidji at 2:30 p.m.a piping hot sun all the way and not a mouthful to eat but a piece of dry bread and a cup of tea at four o clock m the morning. Not so bad this, though, as part of the march down, when I existed for forty, hours on, nothing but a little muddy water. . , . The whole frontier seems to be in a blaze, owing to the Ameer having circulated a pamphlet setting forth how the Turks defeated the Greeks-for. of Course, to the ignorant Pathan there is no difference betwaen a Greek and an Englishman, all are alike white Kaffirs to him. j>ut 1 non t expect we shall see much more fighting here ; the enemy's severe losses will, no doubt, put an end to further opposition.

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THE INDIAN FRONTIER., Evening Star, Issue 10455, 27 October 1897

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