loves, it is my face he shall see once voice and shrieked in at the crevices more before him in his dying hour and beat against the windows; but I when the companionship of human knew he standing within heard not life is ended.

or took no heed, and thought of no It is not her soul that will know thing save of the woman beside him. his when only love gives recognition, Oh, could you but know !” I cried, and only love may guide him over the "could you but know how with our great threshold.

own hands we make our heavens and He rested his head down upon her hells and the heavens and hells of hair, and she whispered longingly, “If those we love !" For that which is I had only had your first love! He in our hearts to the end is always, looked at her sadly and gravely, and so ourselves do we work out our and into his voice there came own immortality. The choice is with sweetness I had never heard, as he us, and the material in our own hands, answered her slowly, “ You bave my to live or die even as we will; but to best love." And still I stayed live the soul must have strengthlooking at him and listening to him, strength that is greater than death, knowing that I should do so never- greater than the power that comes more-that now indeed was the great after to gather us in until separate parting between us. For that which he life is ours no more, and the strength bad called love had been but a delight that is greatest is born of love that in sound and sight and touch, born of is perfect. And of perfect love are the flesh and dying with it, and not all things born, of love that in its worthy of the name, and nothing else highest has gathered beauty and could bring me to him. And I would knowledge and wisdom to itself, until have been content, since he had willed the mortal life has become immortal it so, had she that was with him had and passes on with all things in its power to give him a perfect love ; but hands. I knew that it was not so. And still I do not know how far I went, en I stayed, even while he clung to her and on, into what strange lands, on until he shut his eyes so that in fancy and on, borne by the wind and hurried be might not see me, and hid his face by the storm, making no sign, leaving so that he might not hear me, and no footprint behind. Sometimes it with a wrench he shut all remem- seemed as if the wind that met me brance of me out of his heart and understood, and went by moaning and turned to her again. . And then pitying, and carried on, perhaps to I fled out into the night, knowing him, some sad message, for in its tone that if we met again there would be there seemed a cry of parting and no memory of me with him, for me- despair that was my own. And mory dies with the body unless it is then I went back once more to see the strong enough to outlive death, or babe that had slept in its cot the night love is there to carry it on. And I had first stood beside my husband even if he saw my face again in some in his sorrow.

There is only one dim future of which I knew not yet, being with which one's soul longs for it would be strange to him, as a flicker- affinity, an affinity born of love and ing thought that can be identified with sympathy, and now my soul knew no past and which we dare not call that this was denied it; my thoughts memory, is strange. For as the body went back to the child that was mine knows much the soul may not re- and his. And I loved it chiefly for member, so has the soul secrets that the life that was in it-life that was can never be known to the body. ... his once and might know me still. I And I cried out to the darkness in stole in the darkness through the my anguish, and the wind lent me its quiet house, and found the room where the child lay sleeping in its

mother!” And from an inner room bed. I saw its face and its soft bair the fair woman came; but I stood and closed eyes, and heard the sweet close to the child still, and touched sound of breathing that came through it softly; and again, shrinking and its parted lips, and I longed for human affrighted, it held out its hands to life again, and would have given my her and cried “Mother, mother!” soul up thankfully to have had my and she took it into her arms, and Hesh and blood back for one single the child looked up at her face and instant, to have held that little one smiled, and was satisfied. . . . And I in my arms. And I stooped and passed out into the night, and on and kissed it, but it turned shrinkingly on for evermore, farther and farther away even in its sleep, and then, away-on and on, seeking the infinite affrighted, woke and cried “Mother, and finding it never.



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The following account of Sir Donald of men and officers, and whose presence Stewart's march from Kandabar to in the city and neighbourhood made it Kabul in 1880 was written at the imperative on every one to be always time and sent home for publication on the qui vive, and to go about fully by an eye-witness of the events de- armed. Life in Kandahar was, in scribed. The letter-bag in which it short, tedious and uninteresting; and was inclosed never, however, reached though Sir Donald Stewart, in his its destination; the messenger to

general order to the troops on leaving whom it was entrusted having either Kandahar, emphatically testified to been murdered en route or having him- their admirable conduct while in garself made away with the letters which rison, and to the absence of crime he was carrying.

No detailed ac- among them, there can be no doubt count of Sir Donald Stewart's march that the long period of forced inaction has, as far as we are aware, ever ap

had been burdensome and trying for peared in print, and what was English and native troops alike. The doubtedly à noteworthy military feat order for the march was therefore most has been temporarily eclipsed by the heartily welcomed by all, and within glare of more recent events. We be- a very few days after its receipt, the lieve however that the march below First Brigade, moved into camp, and described, accomplished as it was under the whole force, inclusive of Sir circumstances of peculiar difficulty, Donald Stewart himself and_the

which deserves permanent head-quarter staff, had quitted Kanrecord, and with this explanation we dahar by the 30th March.

The submit the following brief narrative First Brigade, which was to move to our readers, couched as nearly as up the Arghastán Valley was under possible in the language in which it General Barter, the Cavalry Brigade was written as the event occurred. under General Palliser, the 2nd

The long expected order to march Infantry Brigade under General on Ghazni reached General Stewart's Hughes. force in the third week in March, 1880.

Sir Donald Stewart's departure gave At that time the troops had been in gar- rise to unfeigned regret in the minds of rison at Kandahar for nearly eighteen the Wali Sirdar, Shere Ali Khan, and months. The circumstances of their the great majority of the native comlife there had been exceptionally try- munity of Kandahar. The influence ing; the quarters provided for the men which he had attained was widespread were cramped and uncomfortable; and deep-seated. His rule had been

an unavoidable lack of marked by decision and moderation, amusement; all the small petty luxu- and above all by an absence of all unries of a soldier's life were wanting ; necessary interference with the native they had passed through a cholera epi- officials and the people; the attitude demic of extreme severity; and they of the troops towards the natives of were daily exposed to the ceaseless the country had been unexceptionable, attacks of fanatics or Ghazis who, indi- and security for life and property bad vidually, or in small numbers, never been everywhere established among desisted from attempts upon the lives

lethal weapons and characterised by a ferocity ? These attempts were at times of daily oc- and deterinination beyond their years. Penal currence, and were often perpetrated by youths measures were found quite inefficient to stop of eleven to fourteen years old, armed with them.

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the people. Those well affected to the matter of forage, and the very the English also witnessed with dis- weak state in which many of the

departure of the Bengal camels commenced their march, but troops accustomed to deal with the 3 per cent of the whole number died frontier tribes of India, and their between Kandahar and Kabul; and replacement by the Bombay Sepoys from this fact it may be judged how reared in the more peaceful regions of great an improvement had been effected the Deccan, and unfamiliar alike with in the transport department. From the language or the customs of the Kandahar to Shahjui, forty miles Afghans. Many even at that date beyond Kelat-i-Ghilzai, the march of presaged difficulty and disaster from the troops was unattended by any inthe change ; but it was the departure teresting event. The programme origiof Sir Donald Stewart himself that nally laid down had been strictly was most deplored by all who, from followed. General Barter's brigade whatever cause, desired the prolonga- had moved up the Arghastán valley, tion of English supremacy in Kandahar marching parallel with the remainder and the surrounding country.

of General Stewart's force, and on the During the preceding winter the day fixed emerged from the hills on mortality among the camels had been to its appointed camping ground on so severe, and the market was so badly the left bank of the Tarnak river, at supplied, that efforts almost super- the same hour as General Palliser's human were needed to get the requisite Brigade and the Headquarters pitchnumber of animals together for the ed their tents at two miles distance march of Sir Donald Stewart's Divi- on the right bank : and from that sion. Some idea of this number may date the two brigades kept within be formed from the fact that the bag- sight of one another until a final gage train when in single file extended junction was effected at Karabagh. over nine miles. However, all the de- Up to this point (Shabjui) the army partments concerned-Quarter-Master had marched through a country that General's, Political, and Transport, nominally at least was subject to Sirdar worked with right good will ; both Shere Ali Khan, of Kandahar, and his officers and men in the force met the officials, backed by the presence of our difficulty half way by dispensing with troops, had had but little difficulty in every superfluous ounce of baggage; collecting supplies for us in his name. and the consequence was that within But from the date of our quitting eight days from the receipt of the Shahjui, until we marched into Ghazni, order, the various columns moved into we traversed a purely hostile country ; camp fully equipped. Nothing but a large and daily increasing body complete cordiality between all those of the enemy was, as we knew, marchconcerned could have effected this re- ing at a considerable distance sult; nor would it have been possible our right flank along the skirts of had the force marched even a few days the hills; and the inhabitants of the earlier, when the severity of the districts through which we passed, weather would have rendered it neces- partly from doubt as to our intensary for the sake of health that every tions, partly from a feeling of hostility preservative against cold should be to ourselves—but still more from a taken with the troops.

fear of the retaliation that they might As it was, the increasing mildness expect from the hostile tribes should of the weather enabled regiments to they attempt to assist us with supplies dispense with their posteens, sheep- —had quitted their houses en masse, skin coats, and warm clothing, and burying their grain and provisions, and all superfluous baggage was lodged leaving nothing behind them but empty in the commissariat to be returned to grain pits and deserted homesteads. India as occasion offered. Notwith- To troops unaccustomed to Indian standing the difficulties experienced in warfare, no course would have been


more embarrassing. At first sight on remove or hide their household utensils entering one of these deserted village and property. The dwellings, many clusters, it might well seem as if no- of them displaying in their interiors a thing was attainable, and that the neatness and cleanliness quite foreign troops at least must want for food, to one's preconceived ideas of Afghan even if the horses and cattle found domestic life, had apparently been left grazing on the young crops of clover in their normal state. Korans, carpets, or lucerne, which by this time were looking-glasses, combs, cooking pots, well above the ground. But it is were found scattered about the rooms an old adage, “Set a thief to catch a and left untouched. The people must thief,” and there were many Pathans have been forewarned that English and frontier men in our ranks to discipline admits of no promiscuous whom the policy now being pursued looting of undefended villages. by the enemy was nothing new. It It was at Karabagh, 190 miles north was wonderful to see the sagacity and of Kandahar, that General Stewart readiness with which these warriors first received trustworty intelligence pounced upon the hiding places where of the numbers and constitution of the the grain and provisions had been con- hostile gathering on our right, and of cealed; from the centre of newly- their avowed intention to fight at all ploughed fields, from freshly-dug hazards. At this time, however, the graves, from superincumbent dung- enemy were out of sight among the heaps, from the bottom of underground hills, being driven to a greater discanals, from every conceivable and in- tance than before by the crowds of conceivable place, were large stores of their deadly enemies the Hazaras, grain and flour dragged into light. On who, at the first sign of the approach Do occasion were the troops compelled of the English troops, swarmed down to go entirely without food, though the in thousands from the lofty mountains natives especially were often on short to the West.

A great deal had been rations, and for several days together written and said about the advantages were without flour, eating nothing but should reap directly we got parched grain and sugar, and always into the Hazara country; all difficulcheerfully, and without a grumble or ties about getting supplies and insigh of discontent. From the 12th to telligence were at once to disappear ; the 21st April the army had to forage the Hazara tribes were in short to prove entirely for themselves; but in no case themselves most efficient and useful was anything taken from the villages, allies. Suffice it to say that so far from save that which was absolutely neces- this being the case, from the moment sary for the supply of the troops. On that the first Hazara chiefs came into those rare occasions, when even a single our camp at Karabagh, to the date on individual was found to have remained which at Ghazni the General finally in one of the deserted hamlets, payment dismissed in Durbar the very large was pressed upon him for all that gathering of chiefs that had by that was received. The inhabitants had time assembled, the presence of these ample notice of the requirements as men was to all concerned not only an well as of the friendly intentions of immense and unmitigated nuisance, the English force, and knew that but a positive obstruction to everything would be paid for at a movements; while their conduct in liberal rate. Letters to that effect looting and burning Afghan villages, were always sent on two days ahead and in slaying every Afghan man, by the Political Officers, but they were woman, and child whom they met Dever answered, and in most with on the road-as long as were brought back unopened. It was presence secured them against retaliacurious to notice that though the in- tion-brought upon us the odium and habitants had concealed their grain responsibility of acts which we exerted and provisions, they took no pains to ourselves to the utmost to prevent.





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