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INDIA'S TROUBLES. GENERAL BLOOD'S ADVANCE UP THE SWAT VALLEY. Sir Bindon Blood arrived at the camp at Minganra on August 20, having marched from Landakai to Gulagai two days earlier. The Miangulus fled to the hills, and subsequently communicated with the Poli t i oh 1 Agent. The Jirgas, or councils of headmen of the Tillages, as far as Mingalwar, have tendered their submission, and are bringing in arms and stan- dards in token of their sincerity. A few shots were fired into camp on the night of August 19, but, a message was sent to the village elders, on which the snipping ceased. The two towers of Minganra were blown up on the morning of August 20. No hostile gathering has been met or heard of since the fight at Landakai. All the Bonarwals have returned to Bonar. The mad fakir was in the fight at Landakai. He is said to have gone to the Pir Bale Ziarat, in Buner. A reconnaissance was made to Manglaor from Chakdara on August 22 by the Guides, with two guns, and the 24th Punjab Infantry. The Mianguls are reported to have fled to Mahabar Mountains. Bonorwals who have come in report that they sus- tained great losses at Landakai, and that the effect of the 12-pounder guns was demoralising. On August 22 a column was marched along the Swat country. The more thoroughly to impress upoa the tribes the severe lesson taught them in the fight- ing of the past month the force was ordered to quarter itself upon the valley for three days. The Afridis still make no sign. According to all appear- ance the bands which were reported to be gathering amoag the heights skirting the Khyber Pass have dis- persed to their villages. ATTACKS BY THE AFRIDIS. The Afridis, after much hesitation, have at last obeyed the promptings of the Akah-khel Mullah. They mustered their fighting men on Saturday, marched upon the Khaibar on Snnday, and appeared before Ali Mesjid Fort early on Monday morning. This they must have attacked, as firing was heard in that direction. Later in the day large number.- streamed down into the Khaibar itself and attacked Fort Maude, held by a detachment of the Khaibar Rifles, numbering probably 40 to 50 men. This is a small post strongly built of stone overlooking the road, about four miles from Jamrud. It is some dietance within the pass itself. At three o'clock on Monday afternoon K Battery of the Royal Horse Artillery, the 4tb Dragoon Guards, and four companies of British infantry moved from Jamrud to cover Fort Maude, if this should prove practicable. As to the strength of General Elles's force in and about Peshawar is 11,000, including 36 guns and 18 squadrons of cavalry, the great object is to induce the Afridis to leave the hills and venture into the open, but it is feared that they may cling to the various spurs which run out towards Jamrud and Peshawar in the west and south-west. This may delay their dispersal, and they may prove troublesome by demonstrations against the Kuki-khel villages lying near the hills. They are said to be moving in two parties, one down the Khaibar, the other more to the south. Their entrance into the Peshawar Valley by the Bara route is blocked by the force at Fort Bara. It is much to be regretted that the Afridis have been influenced by fanatical Mullahs, as they furnish admirable soldiers to the native army, and the punishment which they are now certain to receive if they continue hostilities will be severe, as General Elles's force is large and perfectly equipped. The Kohat border is reported sti'l quiet, as the Orakzais have not moved, but in view of their rising No. 3 Field Battery, the Royal Irish Regiment, the 12th Bengal Infantry, and No. 4 company of the Bombay Sappers have been sent from Rawal Pindi to Kohat. Everything is quiet on the Mohmand border. The following communique was issued on Monday night: A reply has been promptly sent by the Ameer to a letter in which the Government of India called attention to information received by them that Afghan subjects had joined the Hadda Mullah. The Ameer distinctly denies the truth of the reports that soldiers of the Afghan regular army had joined the Mullah. He solemnly and per- sonally engages on behalf of the Sipah Salar, General Gholam Haidar, and the regular army, that no such hostility will ever be committed by ihem. He alleges that, as regards the tribesmen, if they joined at all they must have done so secretly, for they would not have dared to go openly for fear of him. lie attributes the disturbances to the action of the Mullahs, especially the Hadda Mullah, who have in former years excited risings against him in bis own country, and he denounces their conduct." This is a most important pronouncement, and, if published broadcast on the frontier, may have a great effect on the tribesmen, whose action is thus dis- credited at Cabul. The following telegrams from the Viceroy have been received at the India Office: Peshawar.—Fighting is reported to be going on at Ali Keejid between Afridis and levy garrison." Aug. 23, Peshawar.—General officer commanding Peshawar reports that Afridis attacked Ali Mesjid this morning and were attacking Fort Maude at 10.30. Their line one and a-half mile long. Another body moving towards Kadam. All Afridi tribes are said to have joined." Report from Sadda Post, August 21.-Hamlet near Balesh-khel attacked on night of August 20. Two villagers wounded and one killed. Otherwise all quiet at Kuram on that date." "August 21.-Small column sent to* Manglaor, from which place reconnoissance pushed up valley to Gulibagh and towards Kotkai Pass. No firing. Health of troops very good. Force will probably return to Burikot to-day." Malakand. --General officer commanding reports 20th that shots were fired into camp during night. Villagers turned out and pursued snipers.' A large quantity of arms being brought in. Towers were de- stroyed. Supplies being provided gratis. Submission appears complete. Health of troops good. Wounded doing well." A force, consisting of two squadrons of cavalry, two guns, and a battalion of infantry, under Colonel Adams, was despatched from Mingaora on Sunday morning to reconnoitre as far as possible up the Swat river. The road presented great difficulties. The only practicable route in one part of the valley lay across a high pass over steep and jagged rocks. The force reached Manglaor, one of the principal villages in the Upper Swat Valley, and halted there while the cavalry pushed on to Gulibagh, at the junction of the Arnawai and the northern portion of the Swat falley. The force returned to camp the same evening, having been 14 hours out. From informa- tion which they derived from villagers, the tribes appear to have lost heavily during the recent action at Landikai, and, a large contingent having come from Buner, the tribes in that district have received a salu- tary lesson. The termination of the present expedition is un- known as yet, but its sphere of action is not likely to be confined to the Swat Valley.

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