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Old-time Echoes

AN INDIAN MUTINY EPISODE. A thrilling reminiscence of the Indian Mutiny is given by Sergeant Forbes-Mitcholi, of the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders, in the “ Cavalry Journal.” He says that there were three brothers of the name of Ready in the 93rd, called David, James, and John. They were all powerful, tall men, in the prime life, and all three had served through the Crimea. David was a sergeant, and his two brothers were privates. When falling in for the assault on the Begum’s palace, John Ready took off his Crimean medal and gave it to his brother David, telling him that he felt a prenentiment that he would be killed in the attack, and that David had better keep his medal and send it home to their mother. David tried to reason him out of his fears, but to no purpose. John Ready replied that he had no fear, and his mother might know that he had died doing his duty. The assault took place, and in the inner courts of the i> a t ace there was one division held by a regiment of dismounted cavalry. On entering, James Ready was attacked by a sowar, armed with sword and shield. Ready’s feather bonnet was knocked off, and the sowar got one cut at him, right over his head, which severed his skull clean in two, the sword cutting right through his neck and half way down the breast-bone. John Ready sprang to the assistance of bis brother, but too late ; and although the bayonet reached the side of his opponent and was driven homo with a fatal thrust, in doing so he came within the swoop of the same terrible sword, wielded by the powerful arm of a tall man, and he was also cut right through the left shoulder diagonally across the chest, and his head and right arm were clean severed from his body. The sowar delivered his stroke of the sword at the same moment that he received the bayonet of John Ready through his heart, and both men fell dead together. David Ready seized the tulwar that had killed both his brothers, and used it with terrible effect, cutting off the heads of men as if they had been mere heads of cabbage. When the fight was over Sergt. Forbes-Mitchell examined the sword. It was of ordinary weight, well-balanced, curved about a quarter circle. His experience is that none of our very best s■words could have cut like this one. A sword of that quality would cut through a man’s skull or thigh-bone ar easily as an ordinary Birmingham blade would cut through a willow.

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Old-time Echoes, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 19, 24 August 1907

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Old-time Echoes Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 19, 24 August 1907

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