Memoirs of the Extraordinary Military Career of John Shipp; Late a Lieutenant in His Majesty's 87th Regiment Volume 2

Memoirs of the Extraordinary Military Career of John Shipp; Late a Lieutenant in His Majesty's 87th Regiment Volume 2

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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. 1830 edition. Excerpt: ...dagger, which is kept for giving the finishing stroke to any refractory customer they may chance to encounter: but this instrument is only applied in cases of absolute necessity, as they avoid shedding blood where the murder is committed, lest it should give some clue to the deed, and lead to their detection. They have, in general, some fixed place of abode, which they cautiously conceal from public knowledge; but they take especial care not to commit their depredations in the immediate vicinity of their own habitations. They are well acquainted with the localities of the country they infest, upon which they emerge in parties of four or six-The great roads or bypaths that lead to the scene of some annual festival, or the suburbs of some town which is famous for the opulence of its inhabitants, are generally selected for their operations. At the approach of any festival, the spies which they have in the towns and villages inform them of those who are about to proceed to it, and of the probable extent and situation of the booty. The pilgrims who thus go to offer up their tribute at the shrine of Allah commonly travel in groups of five or six, thinking by the union of numbers to obtain security in their journey. The Thugs contrive to precede this party, and suffer themselves to be overtaken on the road, or apparently quenching their thirst on the banks of a rivulet. They hail the approaching victims as fellow pil VOL. II. I grims on the way to the same place, and whose errand has the same object. Allured by the address of specions sanctity, they accept the invitation to drink of the same stream, and having been refreshed by a brief suspension of toil, both parties unite, and proceed together on the intended journey. The approaching festival, ..show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236845978
  • 9781236845979