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THE VICTORY AT KARS.

A supplement to the London Gazette contains a despatch from Brigadier General Williams, dated Kars, September 29. He writes, "General Mouravieff, with the bulk of his army, at day dawn this morning, attacked our intrenched position on the heights above Kars, and on the opposite side of the river. The battle lasted.without a moment's intermission for nearly seven hours, when the enemy was driven off in the greatest disorder, with the loss of 2,;)00 dead, and nearly double that number of wounded, who were for the most part carried off by the retreating enemy. Upwards of 4,000 muskets were left on the field. Our loss was 700 killed and wounded." General Williams praises the gallant conduct of Lieutenant-Colonel Lake, Major Teesdale, and Captain Thompson; also of his Secretary, Mr. Churchill, who directed the fire of a battery, and caused the enemy great loss. General Williams also draws attention to the gallant bearing of Messrs. Zohrab and Rennison, interpreters to Lieu-tenant-Colonel Lake and Major Teesdale, and he states that Dr. Sandwitch was most active and efficient in his duties. They were at that time occupied with the burial of the dead, and details of the affair Avould be sent by the next messenger. Trebizond, October B.— The Russians are supposed to be preparing to attack Kars again.

The Non G.C.T3.— Admiral Sir Charles Napier, being summoned to Court to bo installed as a Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath, declined the distinction. The reason attributed to him, as given very unreservedly to his friends, is this : — '" I have been censured and degraded, and have been denied the opportunity of clearing my. reputation. Yet now I am offered a G.C.8." We believe that we should look in vain for any precedent of such a slur cast upon the value of Uritish orders of knighthood, especially by a member of the martial calling, to whom the Sovereign's favour, expi'essed in such tokens of honour, ia the highest of all rewards. Yet Sir Charles Napier is unquestionably in the right. Sir James Graham was made a G.C.B". for the setting forth of ships utterly useless for their express purpose. No wonder Sir Charles Napier ha# no great respect for titles which may be go achieved. Portable Railway. — A portable railway or engine, carrying its own rails, is now exhibited at the Carlisle show. It runs over very uneven ground with ease, at the rate of four miles an hour. The principle has be^n partly applied to the wheels of heavy guns, and is, it ia said, to ba extended.

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THE VICTORY AT KARS., Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XIV, Issue 89, 2 February 1856

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THE VICTORY AT KARS. Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XIV, Issue 89, 2 February 1856

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