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The conquest of Scinde

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Pages: 154

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: William Francis Patrick Napier

Excerpt from book: ever been the custom of his race. Athletic, and CHAP. skilled in the use of his weapons, for to the sword only, not the plough, his hand clutches, " he is known," says his conqueror, "by his slow rolling gait, his fierce aspect, his heavy sword and broad shield, by his dagger and matchlock. Labour he despises, but loves his neighbour's purse." It was, however, only the Scindee and the Hindoo that he could plunder, for his own race of the hills were like himself in disposition, and somewhat more robust. He was, moreover, a turbulent subject, and often, chief and follower, menaced the Ameers, and always strived to sow dissensions, knowing well that in the time of commotion plunder would be rife and pay high. The system of government was one leading inevitably and rapidly to self-destruction : and it would seem as if the Ameers had the instinct of this truth: for they secured their persons by numerous slaves, being in the traffic of human beings, both exporters and importers, chiefly of Abyssinian blacks, whom they attached to their interests by manifold favours: and these men, called Siddees, (Seedees,) served them with equal courage and devotion: to all others they were brutal tyrants, cruel and debauched. Their stupid selfish policy was to injure agriculture, to check commerce, to oppress the working man, and to accumulate riches for their own sensual pleasures. '' What are the people to us," was the foul expression of Noor Mohamed to Lieut. Eastwick. " Poor or rich ! what do we care, if they pay us our revenue:—give us our hunting grounds and our enjoyments, that is all we require. The most fertile districts were made a wilderness to form their " shikargahs" or hunting grounds. Their P.RT Zenanas were filled with young girls torn from their friends, and treated when in the ...  


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