Extracts from the Diary of John S. Fowler, R.E; Chitral, 1895

Extracts from the Diary of John S. Fowler, R.E; Chitral, 1895

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...learn Pushtoo, so as to be able to speak to us without an interpreter." We said, " If you give us paper and pencil we will write down the words we are told, and so learn quickly." He hesitated, and then gave us leave to have a paper and pencil. I had at once started a little diary, the original of which I have now, on which a word or two was written for each day to show what happened. This I kept hidden in the lining of my coat, and it was afterwards of the greatest use to recall the sequence of events. The road was now fairly good, except at one point, where it had been broken down near the Shi-Shi N ullah, and our ponies had to be swam for a few hundred yards down the river by the natives, while we clambered over the top of the precipice. We arrived at Drosh shortly before sunset and met U. K., with a following party just going to pray. We shook hands with him, and he inquired if we were all right. He only spoke Pushtoo and Persian. He was a tall, powerful man, with round shoulders, a long face with rather thick lips, good eyes and good expression of countenance. He was very neatly dressed in clean white clothes, blue puggaree and shawl, and unarmed, but accompanied by a small guard. After greeting our escort he invited us to accompany him into the Musjid. This Musjid (Mussulman temple) was in the old Drosh fort which U. K. two months before had besieged and taken from the Chitralis. He had then dismantled all the houses inside, and with the materials thus obtained, and by pulling down all the houses of the village, built himself a-new fort a few hundred yards distant. He had then declared that this new fort should be his frontier, in which he would keep a garrison. and that the Chitralis might hold the other one. The...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236772709
  • 9781236772701