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PRACTICAL PATRIOTISM

NIZAM'S MAGNIFICENT GIF!'

£400,000 TO EMPIRE,

Earh' last montn the Viceroy of India received the following telegram from His Hiihncss the Nizam of Hyderabad: i desire to addmts your Excellency about a matter which has not been absent from my thoughts since the first days when England entered upon the war with Go'.inanv. I mean mv ambi-

tion that Hyderabad .'hould enjoy the privilege or sharing in tome sp?cial manner, however humble, the burden of this great and Imperial conflict. Your Exccllcnev is aware that tho whole re-

sources of my State are at the disposal of the British Government, and it is a pride to me that one of my regimente: haft hoen accepted and is now under orders for foreign service. But this is not-enough. In 1887 my revered father offered to Her Imperial Majestv Queen Victoria the sum of 1!.-. 6,000.000 when

danger merely thicatemd the borders of the Indian Empire. J r.hould be untrue alilvC. to the promptings of my oven heart and to th.» traditions of mv house if I offered less to His Imperial Majesty Kinrj Goorgo V., now that his whokdoiuminns a'c united }:i ;hs jui-t ar.d momentouft war. As you;- Excellency is aware, the subject of my contributions on this occasion has Iron uwi"r my consideration for foiue tii no past, and 1 now desire to suggest, for your Excellency's approval that it should take tir following shape-.—Two regiments will ho cnaaicd in th' war. in which 1 have a. special and personal interest—--namely, .ny own Ist Imperial .Service banters and the 20th IXrccan Iloi>e, of.whicii 1 have the honor to bo colonel. My v. ish is to be permitted to defray the entire expenses of these two legiinents from the date of their depirtu.ie from Hyderabad to the day oi' th-.ir return to c;intounient* from the ' campaign. But in no case will mv war contribution fall short of Bs. 6.000X00. and I desire to place thh sum .ii your Excellency's (j;.-. pos.il forthwith. '• trust that this proposal will meet with your l-.'xc>-lkii''y's accejitance.

The Viceroy sent the following reply:---I have to dry received your High ness's t.-leg-.am, and 1 hiisleu to express mv verv warm appreciation of -,our mor-t generous otP-- .a' I!;. 6,000.000 towards the cost of the piesint war, to be devoted in the fir-t instance to defraying the entire of the two regimcnti! in which you.- Highness is interested—namely, your mi n >pieudid ragiment of the Ist 'imperial SV-tvice I.am-eit* and ;he ?ot'n Dec-can Horse, ef which you are the n>lonel--durinn the whole of the period that these ngiments are cm foreign sereico 'fhe tradi tional 'cyalty <if your house and all its rv.krs tc- the British Government have always been notorious, and have been proved on many an cicimoii of difliculty and danger, aud tiie present, d; monstration of loyalty Ic. our Kin::- l-'.mperor and of a heart felt dc-irc to help ti;» Km pile is only one mo'„- pi oof iif such wei-a neodeJ) of your Hi-.-hne.-j-'s intense patriotism and devotion. I .-hall not fail to inform His Majesty tiie King-Em-peror of vour Ili-jhne-ti's most iiatriotic offer, which 1 gladly aecopi on b*-'f of the Goveriuii'-nt of India, and at the -ame time expre>s >ny most cordial thanks.

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PRACTICAL PATRIOTISM, Evening Star, Issue 15643, 6 November 1914

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PRACTICAL PATRIOTISM Evening Star, Issue 15643, 6 November 1914

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