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fine one, amounting to about 25,000 men. On the 11th an attack was made on a It is divided and brigaded as follows : party of Bhurtpore cavalry (killing about Division of Cavalry, under Brig. Gen. ninety and driving the rest into an outSleigh, C. B.- 1st brigade, H. N.'s 16th work), and a body of Durjunt Sal's troops Lancers, the 6th, 8th, and 9th regts. L. C. were dislodged from a village, and several Brigadier G. Murray, C.B. to command. of his cavalry cut up, by Lieut. Col. -2d brigade, H. M.'s 11th Dragoons, the
Becher. 3d, 4th, and 10th L. C., Brigadier M. Several reconnoissances have been made, Childers to command.— Brigade of ir- upon which occasions the guns of the regular Cavalry under Col. Skinner, 1st fortress opened briskly upon the troops. and 8th local horse. First Division of In- The enemy appear unwilling to leave their fantry, under Major Gen. T. Reynell, walls. Their powder is good, and their
C.B., consisting of the 1st, 4th, and 5th practice tolerable. The walls are about brigades :- 1st brigade, H. M.'s 14th five miles round ; the town wall appears Foot, the 23d and 630 N. I, Brig. Gen. to rise about twenty feet, with bastions of J.McCoombe.-4th brigade, the 32d, 41st, a large size, mounted with artillery, but and 58th N. I., Brig. T. Whitehead.-5th the parapets are weak. The point of atbrigade, the 6th, 18th, and 60th N.I. Brig. tack is expected to be the north-east
R. Patton, C.B. Second Division of In. angle. fantry, under Major Gen. J. Nicholls, The Dewan (or minister) bad been sent C.B., consisting of 2d, 3d, and 6th bri- out by Durjunt Sal to negociate for peace, ades.-2d brigade, H. M.'s 59th Foot, but as a cannonade was subsequently heard the 11th and 31st N. I., Brig. G. McGre. at Agra, it is to be presumed that he failed gor.*~3d brigade, the 33d, 36th, and 37th of success. No doubt is entertained of N. I., Brig. Gen. J. W. Adams, C.B.- the reduction of ihis strong fortress. 6th brigade, the 15th, 21st, and 35th N.I., Brig. Gen. W. T. Edwards. Artillery,
HOSPITALS AT ARRACAN. under Brig. A. M'Leod, C.B. Botlering An inquiry has been instituted at ArraTrain, under Brig. Hetzler, C.B. Horse can into certain charges brought by Dr. Artillery and Field Batteries, under Brig. Tytler, the medical officer attached to the C. Brown. Engineers, under Brig. An- 54th regiment, against the Hospital branch bury, C.B. The field of Artillery oc- of the Commissariat department of the cupied a line of march of fourteen or south-eastern army. Many of the docufifteen miles in extent.
ments have been published in the Calcutta The rejection of the propositions made papers, by, or on behalf of, Dr. Tytler, by Sir Thomas Metcalfe, for the reinstate- whose exertions seein from these documents ment of the rightful Rajah of Bhurtpore, to have been very praiseworthy. They are Bulwunt Singh, cousin of the usurper, too voluminous to admit of our inserting Doorjun Sal (son of Lackmun Singh, them; but we subjoin an outline of the the brother of the deceased Rajah, Buldeo case. - It appears, that Dr. Tytler stared Singh) rendered hostilities unavoidable, to the late Dr. Grant, the superintending It is found, moreover, desirable to strike surgeon of the division, in writing, the a decisive blow, in order to repress the re- bad condition of the hospitals belonging to turning turbulence of the chiefs of Rajpoo- the army, the inefficiency of the servants, tana. Doorjun Sal has a large force, 24,000 the defective system of employing merceof which are cavalry.
nary sircars, instead of active purveyors, The Commander in Chief (Lord Com- and the inattention to the accommodations, beripere) reached Agra on the 1st Decem- and above all, the diet of the sick. He ber, and Muttra on the 5th. His Lordship stated that poultry, and even sago and arrived under the walls of Bhurtpore on the sugar, were with difficulty procured ; and 10th of December, and the division under eggs, though abundant in the bazaar, were Major Gen. Nicholls occupied the position not furnished even to order, formerly held by Lord Lake. The bund Dr. Grant laid this representation before or enbankment of the Jheel (or lake) was Brig. Gen. Morrison, who promptly ditaken posession of without opposition. rected a Court of Inquiry, consisting of The garrison had cut the bund during the Brig. Richards, Col. Lindsay, and the early part of the preceding night; but it late Major Carter, to investigate the subject, was effectually repaired by our engineers The minutes of evidence are not pubin the course of the day; the quantity of lished, but the newspapers contain Dr. water obtained from the outer ditch of the Tytler's “ Summary of the Evidence subtown is very inconsiderable. During the mitted to the Court,” from whence, as operation of securing the bund, the guns the only accessible source, we collect the of the fort kept up a pretty constant fire, following particulars. and a few shells were thrown, with very The chief facts which Dr. Tytler conlittle effect.
ceived himself bound to establish were : * This officer has broken his leg by a fall; if
That the food issued from the Company's too unwell to take the coinmand, it will be assumed
stores, for the use of the soldiers of the by Col. Faithful.
54th, was unwbolesome, and calculated to
prove injurious to the health of the men ; Mr. Paton, mag strate of Arracan, dethat the soldiers thus injured in their health clared that the flour-cakes served out to were crowded into narrow wards, exposed the patients in the hospital were unwholeto all the horrors of disease, aggravated by the absolute privation, not only of those Three succeeding witnesses stated that comforts which the sick require, but also the deleterious food used by the patients of the necessaries of life; an hospital engendered disgusting worms within the through the roof of which the rain poured stomach and bowels. on the unfortunate patients; the almost In succession, says Dr. Tytler, follow total absence of bedding and clothing the testimonies of various patients, who for the soldiers ; a great deficiency in detail their complaints relative to the sufthe quantity of the food required, and ferings they endured from want of food, the noxious quality of farinaceous rations, the badness of that to which they are supplied by the commissariat; the neglect obliged to resort in order to satisfy the of the important duties required from cravings of nature, the neglect of the the steward of the hospital, through the hospital servants, the insufficiency of their incompetency of the person into whose clothing, and the loss of their clothes hands that charge had been confided; the through the culpability of the hospital inattention of the gomastahs or sircars ; washermen. One of the unfortunate men, and the exhaustion of the medical stores, from whose entrails the horrid reptiles and want of a proper establishment of already described had been ejected, now subordinate medical servants.
requested to appear in court with a living In support of these allegations the Doc- worm which had ascended from his stomach tor called the following persons: Colo- . a few minutes before, and crawled from his nel Walker, commanding officer of the mouth. This unfortunate man since then 54th, who, he states, found that tea, sugar,
has fallen a victim to this terrible disease. and sago were not supplied when indented A variety of witnesses, of inferior rank, for; that reports had been made to him of deposed to the badness of the meat, the deficiencies of articles indispensable to the rottenness of the salt provisions, and the comfort and relief of the patients, and also unwholesomeness of the biscuit. Somne of the badness of the meat and bread ; fresh fish was once ordered for a patient, that he had observed the patients crowded and that bought by the sircar was putrid. so much that the floor was covered with Several persons testified the inefficiency those lying down, and noticed that their and misconduct of the native servants ; clothes were wet owing to the roof admit- and the hospital gomastah, Loll Chund ting the rain.
himself, acknowledged before the court, Captain Greenley of the same regiment that the figures of the indents were altered stated (according to Dr. T.) that he had at his pleasure. frequently complained respecting the hospi- This subject has made a great stir in tal ; that perpetual complaints were made Calcutta. All the newspapers commend for want of fowls, notwithstanding great the zeal of Dr. Tytler, though he is acquantities were in the bazaars ; that many •cused of publishing official documents, of the patients had no beds; that the mats contrary to the government orders. The they lay on were wet, and that the stench result of the inquiry had not transpired by was intolerable. This witness had sat as the last accounts. * We trust that culpresident of a committee by which the flour pable negligence, in such an important and bread issued to the hospital had been matter as this, will, when proved, be condemned.
severely visited. Captain Mandelion spoke to the hardness and toughness of the beef, the acidity and coarseness of the bread, the want of
This vessel arrived at Calcutta on the 9th warm clothing for the patients, and the filthy state of their blankets.
December, in 145 days from Falmouth, Captain Welsh corroborated the testi.
more than double the time assigned for
securing the reward. The event appears mony of the former witnesses.
not to have excited such sensation in India Lieut. Kelly spoke to the badness of the rice issued to the soldiers.
as was expected. The passengers voted [Dr. Tytler here interposes some re
Capt. Johnston a piece of plate. It is
stated that her utmost rate of steaming in marks tending to shew that the use of rice,
smooth water was 8 knots an hour, and or of particular kinds and qualities of rice, is calculated to engender disease in the
that the expense of the fuel consumed would human system.]
not bave been covered if all the cabin had
been filled with passengers. Captain Leslie testified that uneatable
Yesterday articles of diet were shown to him by the patients.
* The Calcutta John Bull states, that the court A patient named Pitts, detailed the bad
had determined, as the editor was informed, that effect produced in his bowels from eating the circumstances did not occur, as Dr. Tytler the unwholesome bread delivered to the sick. alleges, through general neglect. Asiatic Journ. Vol. XXI. No. 125.
THE ENTERPRIZE STEAM VESSEL.
Yesterday morning Captain Johnston Sir William himself could have been to was honoured by a visit from the Go- shew off. vernor-General. The Enterprize went “ The rockets bad been kept in a dry down the river as far as Melancholy Point, magazine, and every care taken of them, and returned in the afternoon. Lord and every caution in usirg them, but in vain! Amherst was accompanied by Lady Am- Meerut, 20th Nov. 1825.-" The nuinherst, the Hon. Miss Amherst, and his ber of Sir William Congreve's rockets, suite; the Lord Bishop and Mrs. Heber, which failed at Meerut, I find I did not Mr. and Mrs. Harington, Sir C. Grey, state quite correctly, instead of 44 rockets Sir A. Buller, the Hon. Mr. Elliot, and there were fired, several other ladies and gentlemen. The
10............32 pounders. company partook of an excellent collation,
10............24 do. and expressed themselves highly gratified
10............18 do. with the powers of the vessel and her gene
14...........12 do. ral arrangements.
14............ 6 do. The Enterprize is purchased, and taken
14............ 3 do. possession of by the government. The purchase money is said to be £40,000. Total... 72 rockets. Capt. Johnston continues in command of Every one of these rockets burst, exher.- Beng. Hurk. Dec. 27.
cept two, 1 24. pounder and 1 18-pounder, which were laid in water for three hours
before they were fired and thoroughly ADDITIONAL REGIMENTS.
soaked with wet, and with elevation of 200 It is rumoured in Calcutta that the
they went about 700 yards. raising of twelve new regiments, is under ** All the rockets fired on the evening the consideration of the local government. of the 5th were soaked in water in the
same way, but the two above mentioned
are the only ones which went forward. CONGREVE ROCKETS.
“ The 12-pounder tubes and a portion of The following statements appear in the
the tubes of the 6-pounder volley car were India Gazette, relative to this weapon. totally destroyed.
Meerut, 6th Nov. 1825.-" It was for- “ I am informed also that at Donabew, tunate that the trial of the rockets was or
on the morning of the 25th of March, dered to be made before the troops marched General Campbell ordered soine rockets from this station, as it has been ascertained
to be thrown into the stockade. All the by trial of 44 rockets taken from diffe- rockets that were fired burst, and the rent boxes, and of different natures, that rocket car and nearly all the tubes were in all probability not one of the 4 or 5,000 destroyed by the accident. in store is serviceable; and General Rey- “ It is proper that these circumstances nell has in consequence ordered the men of should be known to our honourable masthe half Rocket Troop now here to take ters in Leadenhall-street, that no more of 4 12-pounders with them on service, and
their money may be wasted in sending out has declined taking a single rocket. such unserviceable, and even worse than “ So much for the services Sir William
Unserviceable ammunition." has done the Hon. Company by sending us his weapon! and if the whole of the rockets in store prove as bad as those tried, of which there is every probability, A remarkable meteor was visible on, the loss to the hon. Company will be no, Friday night S. W. of tire comet, and near small sum, considering besides the price of it. It appeared in shape at first like a ball the rockets, the equipment which has of fire, which assumed the form of a been kept up for them. The circum- vividly brilliant comet. This continued stances of the failure are as follows. The beautifully and powerfully luminous for Rocket Troop was ordered out one morn- some minutes, but gradually waxed fainter ing with its cars; advanced, came to the and fainter, until at length it totally disleft about, prepared for action, but no appeared.-India Gasette Dec. 5. action took place except amongst the men of the troop and the lookers-on; every Rocket burst in succession, destroying the tubes, and slightly wounding two men. Boitahconnah Theatre.— The amateurs of
“ Since this we have had three trials of the Boitahconnah Theatre have of late atthem from the battery, three of each tempted some sterling comedies; and the nature, not one rocket went ten yards, success which has crowned their exertions most of them burst the instant they were evidently shews that their talents are by ignited, and the General, who was pre- no means inadequate to the task :--a proof sent at the last three trials, was not a little of which the representation of the “ Poor annoyed as well as the officers and men of Gentleman” on Thursday night last af. the Rocket Troop, who were as anxious as forded to all those who were present. The
character of Lieutenant Worthington, the distinguished sportsman whose absence we hero of the piece, was sustained with great all regret, in 2. 2. beating the favourite. credit; the dignity, the honourable feelings, The race for the Maiden Arab Sweepand the passive firmness of a true gentle stakes afforded excellent sport, and a good man, even under the influence of chill deal of speculation. Captain Rock and penury, were well pourtayed. Sir Charles Moses seemed to be the favourites as far Cropland, who evidently never strutted his as could be ascertained in the absence of bour on the stage before, made a respect- all betting— Tom Jones and Saladin were able attempt to imitate the levity, the fol- both driven-Ribhs took the lead closely lies, and fopperies of an extravagant young followed by Whiskey and Tony Lumpkin; gentlemen of the nineteenth century. Cor. Moses came
next, and Captain Rock poral Foss was personified very respectably, brought up the rear--hard held—they ran and was, without exception, one of the best in this form to the Calcutta corner, when performances of its representative. Sir Moses thought it was high time to look Robert Bramble (a very thorny subject) after the purse, and began to make up to was maintained in a manner that proved the leading horses; Whiskey now began its representative to have had a good con- to reel, and Tony Lumpkin, who did not ception of his cliaracter. Frederick did seem to relish the company he was in, very well, but would have done better had soon joined bis friends Captain Rock and he laid aside his green patch : it would Whiskey in the rcar. The struggle bebesides have saved him from a great many tween Moses and Ribbs was interesting to fangrene observations which were made by the last, and won by about two lengths the audience. One person in particular in 4m. 18s. swore he must have come in contact with The two years old stakes were won by some pugilistic son of Mars. Stephen Plunder in pretty style and good time; we Harrowby as usual excited the risible have no doubt this thief will pick many a faculties of the audience with his drolleries. pocket yet. Ollapod played very well, very well indeed. The race between Emigrant and Jilt Humphrey Dobbins and Farmer Harrowby did not afford much sport, the horse being did every justice to their respective parts. beat very easily.
Of the female performers, Emily Wor- The two ponies we understand had nei. thington deserves particular mention. Mrs.
ther of them ever been beaten. Reefer Cohen has made considerable improve- comes from Madras, and as usual got well ment lately, and will very soon rival some
beat by the Bengalee. of those who have already fixed their fame. We were glad to observe a mat spread Lucretia McTubb was played to the life, in the upper room of the race-stand for the and was one of Mrs. Francis's most suc. accommodation of the ladies, and to see cessful representations. Dame Harrowby,
so many of our fair country women take by the representative of Doctor Ollapod, an interest in the sport; the fine cool was a surprising piece of performance and morning air added freshness to beauty, afforded great satisfaction. Mary, toujours and rendered the scene altogether lovely propice Mary, last not least, was as usual and interesting.--Beng. Hurk. Dec. 14, played in an elegant style; indeed any thing that this lady u:dertakes is always executed in a superior manner.
It is said that the Post Master General The ballet of the “ Spanish Wedding” bas been authorized to direct the construcwent off with great éclat; and the dance tion of six more new staging bungalows afforded universal satisfaction.--Bengal between Sherghatty and Patna, via Gya, Hurk. Nov. 8.
and we hope to hear that government will The Turf:--Calcutta December Meet- in due course extend the great convenience ing, 1825.— The races yesterday morning thus liberally afforded, as far as Cawn. were more numerously attended than we pore, a long stretch of above 200 miles. have seen them for many years, and af. A party of ladies and gentlemen are about forded excellent sport. The shew of to stage it up to Cawnpore and Meerut, country-bred and Arab horses was very being by far the most pleasant and the most good, and we have no doubt if this inte- economical, as well as the most expeditious resting and manly sport is supported as it
mode of travelling.-Cal. Gov. Gaz. Dec. 5. deserves to be by the public, that we shall have as fine Arabs imported into Bengal
MISREPRESENTATION, as to any other part of India.
We have deemed it to be our duty to insert gratulate our country breeders on the very occasionally in this Journal, such expofine display of young cattle made yester- sures of misrepresentations in the Oriental day morning, and cannot but express our Herald as appeared in the papers of India, conviction of their great superiority over where alone many of them could be dethe Arabs, or Cape-bred horses.
tected. But we find this office becoming The Riddlesworth stakes were won in
From the last file of papers good style by a very fine colt, bred by a from Calcutta, we perceive that editors of
4 M 2
all parties concur in stigmatizing the work Even the Columbian Press Gazette (Dec. referred to as a vehicle of gross misrepre- 16), in an article written to defend the sentation. The John Bull of Nov. 3d, Herald from the animadversions of the says:-" In every number of the Herald John Bull, acknowledges that it contains which reaches
there found so goodly "misrepresentations against those whom a portion of the false and the distorted, as the Editor never saw, and by whom he to fill us with disgust and indignation at was never injured;" and expresses a bethose in this country, who fill its pages, lief, that he is " practised upon by secret and at those at home, who scruple not, on calumniators in India.” such authority, to deal out abuse and calumny against the Government of India.
IN DEPENDENCE OF PEGUE. The studied attempts of the Editor of the It appears from the Govt. Gazette, that Herald to bring events, occurring in the some of the descendants of the old Pegue ordinary course of Indian administration, dynasty are said to be with Rown Rown, into connection with the enmity which, the Talien General, who has announced according to him, is borne towards a free his approach to Martaban, at the head of press in India, is often truly ridiculous; 10,000 men, to take an active part against and one palpable instance of this cannot the Burmese. It is added that “ the but call down the reprobation of every
Siamese Government would not be averse honest and candid person-we mean the to see the kingdom of Pegue under a connecting the suspension of a civil ser- friendly power, instead of reverting to vant from his office, for conduct in his their inveterate enemies the Burmese." official situation, with the circumstance From all this we are prepared to find, of his father having been opposed to that the report, which we noticed some Government in his views, as to the mean- time ago, that measures were in progress ing and construction
an act of par- for establishing the independence of liament, and with the most barefaced Pegue may be found correct. --John Bull, effrontery describing what has overtaken Dec. 30. the son, to have originated out of revenge for his father's judicial procedure ! A
SHIPPING. single instance of misrepresentation so
Arrivals in the River. gross, and conduct so totally disingenuous Nov. 11. H. C. S. Berwick, Eilbeck, from Lonought, we think, to stamp the character
don.-12. Lord Hungerford, Talbert, from Lon
don.-15. Bussorah Merchant, Stewart, from Lonof the Oriental Herald with all honest don.-16. Mellish, Cole, from London.-17. Victory, and candid men—and has unquestionably Farquharson, from London.-22. Kingston, Bowen,
from London. - 23. Cæsar, Watt, and Maria, done more, than any other of its numerous Thomson, both from London.-24. Sir Edward sins, and transgressions of the truth, to Paget, Geary, from London.--27. Perseverance, sink it in the estimation of the Indian
Brown, from Liverpool.-Dec. 9. Enterprize (steam
vessel), Johnston, from London.-19. Lady Nupublic."
gent, Coppin, from London.-26. George Home, The same paper of December 14, com- Hippins, from London. menting upon the contents of a succeeding
Departures from Calcutta.
Nov. 17. Lady Flora, Pearl, to complete her number of the Herald, speaks of it in lading at Saugor.--19. Thalia, Biden, for Ranthe inost unmeasured terms, accusing it goon, and Mary, Jefferson, for Liverpool.-30. of “calumny and malevolence the most
Lady Campbell, Betham, for London.-Dec. 1.
Africa, Skelton, for Mauritius and London.-3. despicable ;-abominable falsehoods, &c.” Sir Charles Forbes, Foulerton, for London.-7. Some deduction might appear necessary
Mediterranean, Gibson, for Batavia.-11. Wood
ford, Chapman, for London.-17. Royal George, here, in consideration of old hostility; Reynolds, for London, and John Taylor, Atkinbut the Bengal Hurkaru of Dec. 15, one son, for Liverpool.–18. Albion, Weller, for Lon
don.-20. Mellish, Cole, for London. of the liberal papers, and heretofore an encomiast of the Herald, confesses that,
BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, AND “in this instance, the censure of the John
DEATHS. · Bull is well founded :" adding, -" The Oriental Herald is becoming a vehicle for
Sept. 2. At Cawnpore, the lady of Lieut. Warprivate pique, rather than for the exposure low, Bengal engineers, of a daughter. of public grievances; and if it continues
6. At Hurnee, the lady of the Rev. J. Steven
son, of a daughter. its present course, will fall into contenipt 11. At Ghazeepore, the lady of Capt. Joseph in India, where its accuracy can be readily
Orchard, Ist Europ: regt., of a son. estimated. The Editor's local knowledge
19. At Meerut, the lady of Capt. F. Hodgson,
35th N.I., of a daughter. is unquestionable; therefore the admission Oct. 2. At Cawnpore, the lady of Lieut. Cureof statements, which, to say the least, he
ton, H.M.'s 16th Lancers, of a daughter.
3. At Dinapore, the lady of Lieut. E.Wintle, of must know to be erroneous, is inexcusable.”-In a succeeding number the 4. The lady of Lieut. Col. G. H, Gall, com
manding at Keitah, of a son. same paper designates the Herald as a
8. At Cawnpore, the lady of the Rev. J. Torwork “prostituted to the vilest of party riano, district chaplain, of a daughter, purposes, the gratification of private ma
10. Mrs. Ewin, wife of Mr. W. Ewin, H.C.'s
marine, of a son. lice."
12. At Ghazeepore, the lady of R. Barlow, Esq.,
sen., of a son. This refers, we presume, to Sir F.Macnaghten. Ed. A. J.
13. At Allipore, the lady of Lieut. Hickey, of