Confessions of a Thug, Volume 3

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R. Bentley, 1839

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I am Indian, and I have known of the Thugs since I was a child. The origin of the word, Thug, comes from the Sanskrit, 'sthagati', meaning 'he who covers, or conceals'. From there it became 'thag' in ... Read full review

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Philip Meadows Taylor was a British police commissioner in India in the 1830's. At that time, there existed a cult of ritual murderers and robbers called Thugs. Its practitioners were both Hindu and ... Read full review

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Page 318 - My conscience hath a thousand several tongues, And every tongue brings in a several tale, And every tale condemns me for a villain. Perjury, perjury, in the high'st degree; Murder, stern murder in the dir'st degree; All several sins, all us'd in each degree, Throng to the bar, crying all, 'Guilty, guilty!
Page 341 - So farewell hope, and with hope farewell fear, Farewell remorse : all good to me is lost ; Evil, be thou my good : by thee at least Divided empire with heaven's King I hold, By thee, and more than half perhaps will reign ; As man ere long and this new world shall know.
Page 151 - And my poor fool is hang'd! No, no, no life! Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, And thou no breath at all? Thou'lt come no more, Never, never, never, never, never!
Page 58 - I am one, my liege, Whom the vile blows and buffets of the world Have so incensed that I am reckless what I do to spite the world.
Page 136 - A token true of Bosworth field ; His eyebrow dark, and eye of fire, Show'd spirit proud, and prompt to ire ; Yet lines of thought upon his cheek Did deep design and counsel speak.
Page 65 - I will say nothing more than this," said my father, " that you will be thrown much into the society of Hindoos, all of good caste, and you will find them as faithful and as worthy of your friendship as any Moosulman; such, at least, has been my experience of them.
Page 400 - ... scene, the scene of death, for I verily believed I should be led to instant execution : why should the mockery of a trial be given to one so steeped in crime as I was ? A short time after our arrival at the town, I was conducted, closely guarded, to the officer who was employed by the English Government to apprehend Thugs. A tall, noble-looking person he was, and from the severe glance he cast on me I thought my hour was come, and that ere night I should cease to exist.
Page 183 - Where is the man existing who can iay a word against Ameer Ali's honour, which ever has been and ever will remain pure and unsullied ? Have I ever broken a social tie ? ever been unfaithful or unkind to a comrade ? ever failed in my duty or in my trust ? ever neglected a rite or ceremony of my religion? I tell you, sahib, the man breathes not who could point his finger at me on any one of these points. And if you think on them, they are those which, if rigidly kept, gain for a man esteem and honour...
Page xiii - ... the lines of road that pass by and branch off from them, with the knowledge and connivance of the two landholders by whose ancestors these groves had been planted ; I should have thought him a fool or a madman : and yet, nothing could have been more true. The bodies of a hundred travellers lie buried in and...
Page iv - ... horrible work, and consequently the most dangerous and destructive. "Travellers seldom hold any communication with the towns through which they pass, more than for the purchase of the day's provisions : they sometimes enter them, but pitch their tents or lie under the trees which surround them; to gain any intelligence of a person's progress from village to village is therefore almost impossible. The greatest facilities of disguise among thieves and Thugs exist in the endless divisions of the...

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