Tales of Humour

Tales of Humour

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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. 184? edition. Excerpt: ...gone before him. He regretted much Aat circumstances prevented him from bestowing decent burial on the deceased; and when he was left alone, the noble fellow began to dig a hole with his bayonet, to receive the mangled remains of his beloved relative. GENTOO PALANdUIN BOYS. Sik John Malcolm, in his evidence given to the House of Commons, on the affairs of India, states, that he has known innumerable instances of honour among the natives, particularly the military tribes, vrhich would in England be considered more fit for the page of romance than of history. " There is," he observes, " a large class of menials, such as Gentoo Palanquin boys, at Madras, who amount to twenty or thirty thousand, a great proportion of whom are employed by the English government, or the individuals serving it, who, as a body, are remarkable for their industry and fidelity. During a period of nearly thirty years, I cannot call to mind one instance being proved of theft, in any one of this class of men, whose average wages are from three to eight rupees a month, or from seven shillings and sixpence to one pound. I remember hearing of one instance of extraordinary fidelity, where an officer died at the distance of nearly three hundred miles from the settlement of Fort St. George, with a sum of between two and three thousand pounds in his palanquin. These honest men, alarmed at even suspicion attaching to them, salted him, brought him three hundred miles to Madras, and lodged him in the town major's office, with all the money sealed in Dags." Old Some years ago, the Shawaoo Indians being obliged (o remove from their habitations, in their way took a Muskoghe warrior, known by the name of Old Scranny, prisoner; they bastinadoed him severely, and condemned him to the...show more

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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236670175
  • 9781236670175