Still more bloody was the battle, which about the middle of the eighteenth century the Afghan Sultan Ahmed Shah Durani fought with the great Mahratha princes, Holkar Sindhia, Gaekwar and the Peschwas; and here, once again, all the horrors of war raged, when in the year 1857, the English Generals Havelock, Sir James Outram, Sir Colin Campbell, Sir Hugh Rose, Sir John Lawrence, and Sir Robert Napier, crushed with pitiless severity the dangerous sepoy mutiny.
Mean while Mr Arnott, who was present, though he interfered not in the debate, waited the event with anxiety; naturally hoping her objections arose from her dislike of Sir Robert, and secretly resolving to be guided himself by her motions.
What should I believe, sir? said I, what can I believe? What have you said, but that I am to stay a fortnight longer? and what then is to become of me? None of your beads to me Pamela! said he; thou art a perfect nun, I think. But I said aloud, with my eyes lifted up to heaven, Lead me not into temptation: but deliver me from evil, O my good God!
After the close of this long conversation, Sir Henry presented Champe with a couple of guineas, and recommended him to wait on General Arnold, who was engaged in raising an American legion for the service of his majesty. Arnold expressed much satisfaction on being informed of the effect of his example, and the manner of Champe's escape.
"No, sir, I ain't saying that much not yet. But the way I calculate is something like this. Vetch came in on a wave of popular emotion, and a wave of popular emotion is just about like the tide of the sea. It may rise a certain distance, but it can't stand still, and it can't go any farther.
Of what consequence is it to virtue, or how is she at all concerned about it, whether Sir Simon, or Dapperwit, steal away Miss Martha; or who is the father of Lord Froth's, or Sir Paul Pliant's children? The whole is a passing pageant, where we should sit as unconcerned at the issues, for life or death, as at a battle of the frogs and mice.
Rushton's little daughter I never heard that he was married, or had any children. Pretty little thing!" And Verty smiled. Suddenly a heavy hand was laid upon his shoulder, and a gruff, stern voice said: "What are you doing, sir?" Verty turned quickly; Mr. Rushton stood before him gloomy, forbidding, with a heavy frown upon his brow.
Ladysmith, in the north of Natal, was invested by the Boers, the British army there being under the command of General Sir George White. The Boers also besieged Kimberley, an important town, containing valuable diamond-mines, in the north-west of Cape Colony. Farther north a small British garrison was hemmed in at Mafeking, a little town near the Transvaal border.
"To cheat that poor helpless man, and those tender innocent children! you can't think so, sir; I should be a disgrace to human nature if I did. But what boots all my energy and perseverance? What though I place my friends' money, my family's money, my own money my hopes, wishes, desires, ambitions all upon this enterprise? You young men will not do so.
He could not move. He was nonplussed. The door of the box opened, and an official with a blazing diamond in his shirt-front entered hurriedly. "What is it, Nolan?" "There's been an accident to Monsieur Alresca, Sir Cyril, and they want a doctor." It was the chance of a lifetime! I ought to have sprung up and proudly announced, "I'm a doctor." But did I? No!
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