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ritory, from which it appears that in 1824
the ratio of mortality among the young men
who went out with the corps was 38 percent,
or one in every 2| !" Buonaparte said, " Boys
seme only to encumber the hospitals and road-
sides." " How long, ye simple ones, will ye
love siinplicity — and fools hate knowledge ?"
" Who is wise, and he shall understand these
things? Prudent, and he shall know them ?"
'J'he following particulars of the late affect-
ing events in Affghanistan, are taken from the
Morning Post : —

" The Cabool tragedy is over; the struggle
has been a fearful one, but it is passed. The
cup of affliction has been filled to the brim,
and the waters of bitterness contained in it,
have been drained to the dregs. The soldiers
who for two months so gallantlj' endured the
attacks of overwhelming numbers, amidst
cold, hunger, and fatigue, have now no more
sufferings or humiliations to endure. Of the
rmy which on the 1st of November numbered
from twelve to sixteen thousand, camp follow-
rs included, some two or three hundred only
survive in captivity. Not ten men in all have
as yet escaped from the hands of the enemy.
One European and three Sepoy regiments
have been utterly swept away." " A treaty
was concluded by Major Pottinger and Major-
General Elphinstone on the one part, and the
Affghan chiefs, including Ukbar Khan, on the



other. The most important article appears
to have provided for lite entire evacuation of
Affghanistan by the British troops, the Afi-
ghan chiefs guaranteeing them an unmolested
passage to the frontier. In pursuance of this
convention, the British troops quilted their
camps on the 6th January. The rear guard
was immediately attacked. At this time there
was snow a foot deep on the ground. On the
morning of the 8th January, the British camp
was entirely surrounded by the insurgents.
This day's march was a scene of continual
slaughter. On the 9th, UUbar Khan, who
appears, with consummate treachery, to have
pretended friendship, offered to protect the
ladies, if they would put themselves under his
charge. The offer was accepted. Those
ladies who had husbands with the force were
accompanied by them. The troops shortly
afterwards got into motion. The Sepoys,
rendered helpless by cold, became an easy
prey. The remnant of her Majesty's 44th
for some time held the enemy at bay, but at
length became unmanageable. All ranks
made a rush towards Jellalabad. Only one
European reached it, a Dr. Brydon, of the
Bengal army, who brought the first intelli-
gence of the disaster. Three natives came
in some days afterwards. These four persons,
with the exception of thase few who were in
the enemy's hands as hostages, and about forty
or fifty who were subsequently made prison-
ers, are the only survivors!"

These are shocking scenes ! Yet, what is
any war, but a combination of the most shock-
ing outrages of humanity, morality, and reU-
gion ? And if the nations professing the Chris-
tian religion, do not restrain themselves from
the crimes attending war, what can they ex-
pect from Mahomedans and heathens ? Have
the AflTghans done any other than follow the
example of the English? Without examining
into the origin of this war, or inquiring what
business we had in Affghanistan, a few ex-
tracts from the " British Indian Advocate,
Sept. 13, 1841," will show that their conduct
is only retaliation.

" Some of the proceedings of our agents
towards these native tribes appear to have
been but little adapted to conciliate their good-
will, or to command their respect. One of the
mountain chiefs, named Beejar Khan, the
leader of the Doomkies, had attracted the
notice of our agent, (Mr. Bell, a company's
servant,) as a contutnacious freebooter. He
was induced, however, to submit upon certain
stipulations, and upon the invitation of Mr.
Bell, he came down from the mountains, ac-
companied by a Scind of great authority,
hose presence was to have been his protec-
on. But after he had made his salaam
(submission) to the agent at Shikarpoor, and



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been fed for some days, as the custom is, he
was kidnapped with his people, and conveyed
as a prisoner to Bukhur, whilst his horses and
arms were sold by auction."

Anothir Case. — "There has been more
fighting in Aflghanislan with the Ghilzees, a
tribe who have hitherto been neutral, or good
friends with us. M'e have been the aggres-
sors ; so much so, that there does not seem to
be the least blame attached to the tribe.
Khelat I Ghilzee, an old fort, was thought to
be a very proper place for a post, so two bat-
talions and some horse were sent to take pos-
session. No opposition was otlered, but on
the arrival of the force, three volleys of mus-
ketry,



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