The Great Round World and What Is Going On In It, Vol. 1, No. 56, December 2, 1897

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Title: The Great Round World and What Is Going On In It, Vol. 1, No. 56, December 2, 1897 A Weekly Magazine for Boys and Girls
Author: Various
Editor: Julia Truitt Bishop
Release Date: July 3, 2005 [EBook #16191]
Language: English
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VOL. 1 DECEMBER 2, 1897. NO. 56
=Copyright, 1897, by THE GREAT ROUND WORLD Publishing Company.=
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The recent despatches from India tell us that the soldiers who are fighting on the frontier have performed another gallant deed.
The heroes, this time, belonged to the Northamptonshire regiment.
It was necessary for the British to find out if the enemy was encamped anywhere in the neighborhood, so a portion of the troops left the British camp and marched to the summit of a mountain called Saran Sar.
There were no signs of the Afridis as they marched along, and the top of the hill was reached with little difficulty.
There they found the remains of a hastily vacated camp, and from the various signs that were around became convinced that the enemy was on the mountain with them.
Fearing an ambush, the British commander ordered his men to retreat, and the manoeuvre had hardly been put in effect before the tribesmen appeared.
Following the troops closely, the Afridis fired on them from behind every bush and rock that offered cover, and, after many of the English soldiers had been killed or wounded, the tribesmen became so bold that they rushed from their cover and engaged in a hand-to-hand encounter with the soldiers.
General Westmacott, who commanded the party, at once realized that he had serious work before him, and hastily arranging his forces so that he could care for the wounded and move his men as quickly as possible, the commander hastened the retreat.
It was, however, difficult to do; and in the hurry of the retreat one little party, which had charge of a convoy of wounded comrades, became separated from the rest of their comrades and were surrounded by the angry tribesmen.
The retreating army reached the camp safely about dark, and then it was discovered that a lieutenant named McIntyre and twelve soldiers were missing.
It was at first hoped that they had simply dropped behind and would reach camp any moment. When, however, hours passed and they did not return, the worst fears were entertained.
At last a soldier arrived, bringing with him the dreadful news, and telling the story of the gallant deed of the lieutenant and his brave companions.
It seems that the rough ground over which they had to travel made the progress of this little party very slow, and the care of the wounded under their charge hampered their movements so much that they at last found themselves completely cut off from their comrades.
As soon as the young officer realized what had happened to him, he despatched one of his men for aid, and with the others formed a ring around the wounded, preparing to defend them until help arrived.
The wounded men, on their part, behaved as nobly as the lieutenant himself.
Realizing the situation, they begged the young officer to leave them to their fate, and do what he could to save his own life and the lives of his men.
Mr. McIntyre absolutely refused to abandon the wounded, and prepared to defend them to the last.
When the messenger last saw the gallant little band, they were bravely facing the enemy, waiting calmly for the death which was sure to follow unless help reached them soon.
A party was immediately sent out from camp to their relief, but when the spot was reached the brave fellows were beyond human aid.
Not a man remained alive to tell the tale of their noble struggle. The bodies of the lieutenant and his men were found grouped about the wounded comrades they had sacrificed their lives to save, and their attitude in death showed that each man had died doing his duty, his face to the foe.
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Some of the tribesmen have come to the conclusion that the British soldier is a hard foe to beat.
The Orakzais have therefore sent a deputation to Gen. Sir William Lockhart, the British commander-in-chief, asking
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