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to the begum, on condition of their laying down their arms, and delivering up the begum and her husband..
In the confusion that arose, and before any resolution could be taken, some shot were fired, and a few men slightly wounded. The soldiers, perceiving they had nothing to hope from the begum (who, they knew, only wished to get away with her effects), openly declared themselves for Sumroo's son. The infantry then surrounding her palanquin demanded her to surrender ; the cavalry at the fame time surrounded her husband, who was on horseback. The begum at that instant drew a poniard from her side, and running the point of it across her breast drew a little blood, but with no intention of killing herself. Her attendants calling for assistance, Levasso hearing the tumult de-. manded to know what had happened. He was answered that the begum had killed herself:. twice he put the fame question, and receiving the fame answer, with great deliberation he. put a pistol to his mouth, shot himself, and immediately fell from his horse. “ The vila, “ lains (says Mr. Thomas) who, the preceding
,“ day, had styled themselves his flaves, now
“committed every act of insult and indignity - “ upon his corpse !” For three days it lay
exposed to the insults of the rabble, and was , at length thrown into a ditch.
Meanwhile Zuffur Yub Khawn advanced to Sirdhanna, whither the begum had already been conducted a prisoner; and having assumed the government of the jaghire, tranquillity was foon re-established.
Freed from the apprehension of hoftilities, Mr. Thomas now fedulously employed himfelf in the arrangement of the districts.
Appakandarow, who during the late events had found means to sow dissensions between Luckwa and Bappoo Fernevese, now reaped the fruits of his address. Finding these commanders at variance, he prepared to return to Kanond; and while on the march to that place, fent written orders to Mr. Thomas to dismiss the collectors who had been appointed by Bappoo, and to reinstate his GEORGE THOMAS
Mr. Thomas obeyed; but Bappoo's army amounting to three thousand men, it coft the lives of many to dispossess him.
This affair however being at length terminated, Mr. Thomas had the long-expected interview with Appa. They met at Narnoul, a place which had that morning surrendered to his arms. After the strongest expressions of satisfaction, and of the sense he entertained of his services, as proof of those sentiments Appakandarow presented Mr. Thomas with an elephant, a palanquin, shawls, and other articles of value.
A reception focordial was highly gratifying; but its effect was soon diminished when, three days after, Appa demanded the delivery of a Bramin in the service of Bappoo Fernevese, from whom he intended to exact a fine.
It must here be remarked, that previous to the surrender of the fort this man, coming privately to Mr. Thomas's camp, had offered terms for the delivery of the fort, for himself and two others who accompanied him ; as the reward
of his treachery, he required security of life and property, to which Mr. Thomas yielded a ready affent.
Notwithstanding these assurances, Appa, at this time in want of a supply of money, infifted on his delivery, which Mr. Thomas for the reasons above stated as positively declined.
To convince Appa of the justness of his reasoning, Mr. Thomas exhibited to that chief his own written orders, which had been communicated at the commencement of hoftilities. These positively specified that the servants of Bappoo or his adherents who submitted should not suffer either in person or fortune, but on the contrary were to be allowed a safe conduct and suitable escort to Mattra or Delhi.
· In vain Mr. Thomas shewed this order; Áppa continued inflexible, and contended moreover that as these people had formerly been in his own employ, he had on the present occasion a right to extort money. On quitting the durbar the bramin informed Mr. Thomas that he with others was willing to settle ac
GEORGE THOMAS. counts with Appa, and only required that persons of integrity should be appointed to inspect them. To this likewise Appa refused his consent; adding that if Mr. Thomas still hesitated to deliver up the people his own consequence would thereby be leffened in the eyes of his army. They parted mutually dissatisfied with each other. To bring this business to an issue Mr. Thomas sent a message, offering to procure a person who, if the bramin was liberated, Thould become responsible for the adjustment of the accounts. Appa, highly enraged, and well knowing that the bramin owed him nothing, not only rejected this proposal, but declined all further intercourse.
A few days after this altercation, Appa sent a message to Mr. Thomas deliring his attendance in the town. He went thither. On his arrival at the house he was informed by the fervants that Appa was unable to come down. Mr. Thomas, unwilling to give any cause for offence, ordered the foldiers who had accompanied him to remain below; and ascending by himself, was, by a person on whose attachment he could rely, introduced into his apart