Western India in 1838 Volume 1
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. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ...soldier's fidelity to the government he serves, is undoubtedly the regularity of its military payments. Yet rewards of distinction, and the flattering prizes of well-merited approval, is a method always efficient to conciliate and delight the faithful sepoy. It might eventually become the interest of the Russian and Persian governments to offer higher briberies for the service of these valuable troops, than their present masters have considered it expedient to do; and ere the success of such a plan is tried, it would be well, firmly to attach the native soldiers, before their fidelity is shaken by any speculative attacks, whose results might be at least to engender discontent, and arouse the dangerous opinion, of the value of the British service being materially on the wane. It has been objected to by some, that the differences of religious opinion between European officers, and the native soldiery, tends to create a barrier between them, and prohibits those feelings of attachment and respect which should always exist in the minds of the soldier towards his immediate commander. I am inclined to believe this opinion to have been inferred, rather from a knowledge of the differences which exist in the social customs of Europeans and Asiatics, than from personal observation, or an acquaintance with native peculiarities. The knowledge the sepoys of a regiment acquire, concerning the character of their British officers, is remarkable for its accuracy and justness. An amiable, respectable man, is universally esteemed; in proof of which, they request his assistance in difficulties, make him their referee in cases of dispute among themselves, invite him to their festivals, and treat him on all occasions, with that sort of confiding respect, which is, ...
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