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The Guides were not writer in that article in ‘Maga' only strangely soon amenable to which we already referred :to discipline, but deeply imbued
“One instance must suffice of the with esprit de corps. They had
fearlessness and dash which thus soon learned to stand by each early made the Guides remarkable, other through thick and thin, and for which they have ever been and their leader could abso- famous. One August day news was lutely rely on their staunch- brought hurriedly to the British In the first year of their camp that a party of Mulraj's
cavalry had driven off a herd of enlistment they showed it on Government camels which were graz: a night-march into the hills, ing in the open country some miles when Lumsden ventured to away.
Lieutenant Lumsden 6 bluff it” with them.
absent at the moment, but those
of the Guides who were in camp proaching a village full of (less than seventy horsemen in all) fighting men in the dark, he turned out under a gallant chief, discovered that his Sikh horse Fateh Khan by name, and within a had fallen behind, and he had few minutes of the first alarm they only twenty-five sowars of the direction taken by the marauders.
were racing across country in the Guides.
"Fortunately the vil- A gallop of three miles brought the lagers could not see the strength troop suddenly within sight of the of our party, and we put them enemy, when, instead of a small party in a horrid fright by keeping themselves confronted by the whole
as they had expected, they found our horses clattering round the of Mulraj's cavalry. . : No odds place and calling on the men to were so great as to appal the Guides. come out and give up their Without check or hesitation the arms.” The men did come out, gallant little band charged straight
at the opposing mass of horsemen, one by one, and as they came
and before the latter had time to face they were tied up. “Swagger them, they had cut their way right did the trick," said Lumsden, through the midst. Rapidly rallying writing to his father.
and wheeling, about, they charged A more notable feat of arms
back as they had come, through the
ranks of the confused and astonished was performed before Mooltan enemy, dealing destruction as they in sight of three armies, when passed. Stupefied by the impetuosity the veteran corps had been one of the attack, the Sikhs still stood year under the colours. Lums- irresolute, when... once again their
dauntless foes bore down upon them. den—it was again his ill-luck This settled the issue of the combat. not to be there—describes it in ... The enemy broke and fled, his offhand style : "Only think, nor did either side draw rein till the when I was on duty elsewhere, walls of Multan gave shelter to the sixty-six of my men rode slap the pursuers.”
vanquished and checked the career of through and through ten times their number, in the hope of
As the Guides were for the recovering some camels. They most part on outpost duty, and did not get the camels, but their commandant was his own covered themselves with glory reporter, they sometimes, as he in the presence of the whole complains, got scant credit for
So brilliant was the their services. They did exploit that we cannot refrain dashing piece of work before from quoting the picturesque the battle of Goojerat, much account by disinterested resembling the affair at Multan
but more important in the and born soldier, and if he consequences. They seized a did not get all the advanceford over the Chenab, charging ment and recognition he dea strong detachment of Sikh served, it must be said that horse, when both parties were it was partly his own choice. taken equally by surprise. He repeatedly offered “Without hesitation we went political appointments which straight at them and drove must have led to honourable the lot helter-skelter through a and lucrative things. His deep ford.”
The Guides re- superiors appreciated him as mained to mount guard over an administrator and diplomthe ford, in face of shifting atist as much as a soldier : it bodies of the enemy, till ordered was shown, to his lasting reup
to take their part at gret, when he was most unGoojerat. Goojerat was an timeously exiled to Candahar. artillery action, and Lumsden's But he always preferred the account of it to the old artil- saddle to the kutcherry, and leryman at Belhelvie is sharp we believe he would have and telling as rapid gun-fire : sooner been in command of
his Guides than Governor“A more beautiful sight could not have been on earth than the steady
General of India. When the advance of upwards of 100 guns fighting in the Punjab was horse-artillery going to the front at over, he was discharging the a gallop, and then 'Left about !' multifarious duties of deputy Action front !' supported by our cavalry : the heavy guns all the time quartermaster - general, politismashing away at the Sikh artillery, cal agent, and captain of the and breaking up their masses of in- Guides. “You must admit,' fantry and cavalry. Three times did he writes, “that they are the Sikh infantry form line to advance and charge at our horse-artil
: enough for any man's power. ”
He won't lery, who coolly watched for them
under the till they came within the range of
raw civilians who are to be grape, and gave them a shower of introduced into the new Lahore such rain as had never come within Government. If he must make the range of their conception. Their lines at first halted, shook backwards
election between politics and and forwards like a field of wheat in soldiering, there be a heavy wind, and at last broke and doubt as to the choice. But bolted like a flock of wild sheep, the his idea is, after having done horse-artillery following at a gallop, good work, to retire in time and keeping up a murderous fire on them for miles. Our cavalry took up
on his well-earned laurels. His the pursuit when the horse-artillery heart is always in Aberdeenleft off
, and finished as pretty a day's shire, his thoughts turn to Deework as our army in India ever got side and the salmon: he owns through."
to feeling home-sick and longThat is as pretty a piece of ing for his furlough : “My brisk military description as only desire now is to be quiet we have ever read: there is for two years, save enough to the terseness and
fire of take me home and allow me Napier, without the enforced to all
friends gravity of the historian. But more: I shall try to pick up Lumsden was
an enthusiast a good sort of young wife who
[June will look after the cash while highest quarters. This passage I make it, and enable me to occurs in an official despatch: cut John Company by the time “No task could be more agreeI am entitled to a pension. able to the Governor-General I would not give a rap to go than to record his very cordial home after all my old friends concurrence in the approbation have gone the way of all flesh, which his Excellency and Sir and find myself a stranger in Colin Campbell have so warmly my own country.” He writes bestowed on Lieutenant Lumsin another letter to his mother den. A braver or
a better that he does not care to pit soldier never drew a sword. himself against the young civ- The Governor-General places ilians who have had regular unbounded confidence in him." training If even Edwardes For, thanks to routine, when trips now and again—and he at last he took his furlough and is one of the cleverest men in came home to rest his aching India with the pen what eyes on the green links and chance could he have? “On the grey sands of Belhelvie, Lumsother hand,” as he says with den still officially justifiable pride, “at the head lieutenant. It was a wrench of the Guides, I have three fine to take leave of his Guides, for young officers under me, with taking furlough involved resig300 sabres and 600 rifles. I nation; but before his return rather flatter myself there are Lord Dalhousie had written, not many men in the army with
expressions of who can cut me out, and I satisfaction, to intimate that have work to do which must he would be reinstated. sooner or later lead to distinc
The high regard in which he
was held for daring sagacity The next few years may be and general adaptability turned lightly passed over, though full against him at a turning-point of events which would have of his career. Nothing could been noteworthy in a less ad seem more flattering than the venturous life. He combined appointment to the Candahar military and political duties at mission, in anxious times and Peshawar, whence his Guides most difficult circumstances. patrolled the neighbouring hills, There might be trouble broodbringing marauding Afridis to ing beyond the Khyber, but in justice. He served and fought India all seemed abnormally under Sir Colin Campbell, hav- tranquil. In no quarter was ing many intimate conversa- there any foreboding of the tions with the gallant veteran, storm which should have whom he heartily admired. He brought Lumsdem fresh fame, met Lord Dalhousie, and was or given him, like some of his consulted as to the defences of near kinsmen, a glorious death. the frontier and the policy to Meantime the diplomatic duties be pursued with the crafty with which he was charged Amir of Afghanistan. If he were likely to try his temper cared for praise, he had more and sterling qualities to the than enough of it, and from the utmost. Cabul and Candahar,
although at peace for the mo- vacillated from time to time; ment, were paved with explos- under pressure of the mullahs, ives. Dost Mahomed, who had proposals were mooted in his put down rebellion with the privy council of proclaiming strong hand, and recently con a religious war and sweeping quered Candahar, although the down through the passes on ally and pensioner of England, the Punjab. There were but was no friend at heart to the two considerations which, as infidels. He held Cabul firmly Lumsden felt, held him to his with his troops and tribesmen, alliance with us—the regular as his strong garrison in Can- payment of his pension, and dahar was commanded by the his belief in the English power. heir-apparent. But everywhere His faith in both was sorely was sullen discontent: among shaken, when the back-flow of his most dangerous foes were the first English successes was the men of his own family; the brought to a check, and the Persians were besieging Herat, defence of Delhi was prolonged. and there was fighting in Balkh Edwardes corresponded regubeyond the northern ranges. larly with Lumsden, though Everywhere on the march from occasionally the letters were the Indus to Candahar, the delayed through anxious days mission was met with tumul- and weeks.
It is a strong tuous demonstrations of hostil- thing to say, but perhaps no ity. When it entered the city, men hung more anxiously on with but a few of the faithful the slow course of operations Guides, and escorted by doubt than our envoys isolated in ful Afghans, it might well have Candahar. The fate of the anticipated the fate of Cavag- mission and the attitude of the nari. The dull months dragged Afghan Amir depended upon painfully on in an atmosphere that hazardous assault which of unfriendly suspicion. The was urged on the hesitating heir - apparent was civil but Commander-in-Chief by the mistrustful; the Englishmen soldiers who had come to his could never ride beyond the help from the Punjab. The walls without armed attend- Lumsdens may have thought ants, who were really on guard. lightly of their own lives, but Surrounded by spies, they were they cared much for the success prisoners at large. But it of their mission. With the fall was when news of the Mutiny of Delhi the tension relaxed. reached Cabul that their And there is another side to troubles began. Everywhere these pregnant letters from they saw sour looks and savage Edwardes, and it is strangely faces. The citizens, already pathetic from the personal point reduced by famine and pestil- of view. Edwardes was in the ence to the extremity of misery, thick of the danger and excitewere fired by fanatical preach- ment; he could afford to write
The heir was still toler- humorously of the most serious ably friendly; but only one of incidents, though his tone is his Afghan regiments could be sad enough when he has to depended on. Even the Amir record the fall of their friends.
Lumsden read the letters with siasm in the din of a deadly his hands crossed, condemned life-battle and the blare of trito inaction which was umphant jubilation. It was regnawing at his heart. We can cognised, but not recompensed ; conceive the feelings with which and when promotions and deche heard of the feats of the orations were being deservedly Guides, of the noble deaths of scattered broadcast, he received his old comrades, and all the no mark of military honour. He time he was tantalised by idle went back to his Guides, and hopes of the arrival of let there was a warm welcome and ters of recall. Reinforcements an affecting meeting, for he poured in; the mutineers were missed many a well-known routed everywhere, and the figure from the ranks. The lingering hope that he might opportunity for high distinction be in time for the crisis of the had gone by, but the border struggle had at last to be re warfare went forward as before. signed. Still he was living In the Waziri expedition of the life of monotonous dulness, 1860 there was a thrilling tempered by constant anxieties episode, when swarms of the and incessant alarms. In the
In the Waziris surprised the pickets fury of baulked fanaticism, it and rushed the camp :might be his ignominious end
“ You may fancy how sudden the to be butchered by a mob of attack was when I mention that I Afghan rioters.
The great was sleeping with all my clothes on, struggle had been decided at and before I could put on my sword,
the Waziris were in camp. last, when he received a friendly
Out of a and stinging letter from Ed. picket of a Havildar, a Naick, and
eight Sepoys of my corps, both the wardes. It is dated from non - commissioned officers and six Peshawar, the 23rd January : men were killed, and the other two "The Guides are coming in
left for dead at their post. We killed
the chief of the men and most of his here in a few days, and I have
bravest men who followed him into a dinner-party of forty-eight camp, and have, I think, taught these in honour of the officers ! No gentlemen a lesson they will underslight undertaking at the close stand, and that is, that even in the of an exhausting crisis. .
best of circumstances, they have not
a chance against disciplined troops." The tales are endless. It is like the return of the Crusaders.” That closes Lumsden's conProbably Lumsden was as free nection with the North-Western from envy as any man, but marches, and afterwards anyagain, we say, fancy his feel- thing in this military romance ings!
or romantic memoir is someAt length the long-expected thing like bathos. In 1862 he order for withdrawal came. The was transferred to the command Candahar mission had done ex- of the Hyderabad Contingent. cellent work: Lumsden's per- Announcing it to his father, he sonal influence with the Amir says, in a passage already reand his profound knowledge of ferred to: "I can only hold the native character had been in- appointment for five years; but valuable. But such service was as that glorious fellow Neville not of a sort to excite enthu- Chamberlain is as hard as pails,