A Siege Baby, and Other Stories, by John Strange Winter

A Siege Baby, and Other Stories, by John Strange Winter

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ... rupees by way of indemnity. Of course all these little interchanges of attentions were to a certain extent exciting; yet they became wearisome in time, and, moreover, big, bronzed Britons grew weary of waging unequal war against unimportant tribes. " It is a beastly hole! " exclaimed Scott to Slingsby one day. " I vote we try and get a ten-days' leave to go up to Jellalabad, and look up the fellows there. I don't believe we shall ever get any further than this--we shall just dawdle on here until the war is over, and then be sent back to India to receive a medal we have done nothing to earn." " Yes. It would be great fun to go on as far as Jellalabad," answered Slingsby, willingly enough. " They say it's no end of a jolly place. I suppose we should have to go by the Post-Tonga? " " Yes; no use taking it out of our own gees," Scott answered. " I shall apply for the leave at once." " So shall I, though I don't believe I shall get it," said the other. However, the two officers did obtain the asked-for leave, partly because the commanding officer wanted to send some important letters on to a relative of his at Jellalabad, and this would give him a good chance of sending them in greater security than by a Post-Tonga, which had only a native driver and a couple of Gezalekis for escort. So, on a fine and clear April morning, Scott (the senior subaltern but one) and Slingsby (a lad barely twenty, of under a year's service) found themselves in the Post-Tonga, or mail-cart, which ran from Lundi Khana to Jellalabad. The journey did not begin auspiciously. The Tonga was minus its awning, and the early start caused the two officers to miss their breakfast and to leave Lundi Khana with no more provision for the day than a little bread and meat, which they...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236670787
  • 9781236670786